The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Written by: John Esposito
In Matthew 8, Jesus encounters a Roman military man whose servant is lying at home paralyzed and tormented. The gentleman pleads with Jesus to heal his servant and Jesus agrees to go to the man’s home to see him. This military man has a great grasp on authority as he mentions in our verse for today:
“For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
With that understanding of authority, the centurion acknowledges Jesus needs “only speak the word, and my servant will be healed.” At this, Jesus marveled at such great faith and said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
This Roman centurion, who by title means he was in charge of 100 military men, understood he had supervisors and he himself supervised others. This was his occupation—his working environment. His respect for those above him and those underneath his authority meant he realized the importance of his own work as well as those he commanded. As leaders in the workplace, we can learn a great lesson from this military man.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”
If God has tasked you with the authority of managing others in the workplace, respect the authority of those above you as well as those you’ve been assigned to supervise. Work at it with confidence knowing God is your boss whom you strive to please so others may recognize His authority in your life. It is important to treat those you supervise with the same dignity and respect you wish to receive. When you do so, God gets the glory!
Thought of the day: How can you portray the proper authority God has placed you in so others respect you and you bring honor and glory to God?
Prayer: God, thank You for the roles You have placed within my influence. Give me a proper respect for those above me and those under my leadership. May I work at it with the same diligence as this confident centurion who recognized a proper understanding of authority in the workplace brings honor and glory to You. Amen.