I want to thank Sub-Deacon Paul Abernathy for bringing up this text in one of his talks at the Ancient Christianity Afro-American Conference. If this guy were a Baptist, he would be a pastor somewhere. Well educated, articulate, young; yeah, this brother would be a star among preaching circuits and revival services. But, a sub-deacon? Perhaps we should learn from such humility.
LET JESUS IN YOUR HOUSE
(antithesis) Why should we let Jesus into our house when the Centurion in Matt. 8:5-13 didn’t?
(thesis) As following disciples, rather than passer-by strangers, we should seek the Lord’s presence in our innermost selves.
(relevant question) What are the advantages of such a presence in our lives?
- Christ blesses the goodness that we already have (Peter’s mother in law in his home v. 14)
- Christ sees and ministers to our relatively insignificant ailments (she had a fever and he touched her hand v.14, 15)
- Touched by Christ, we are empowered to serve others whomever they are (she served them v.15)
(conclusion) Don’t settle for a great passing faith. Build your life in the presence of Jesus Christ.