The Right Approach

We cannot say enough about the importance of a proper approach.

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Matthew 8:7 – And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

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It’s true in bowling, in stalking game when hunting, in martial arts, in greeting people, and in being received when you approach another person, especially if you come to ask for something.  In so many things in life, too many to innumerate here, there is a right, or correct approach.  It can make a tremendous difference in outcomes in life.  Consider your approach to a judge in a trial, a banker for a loan, a potential client for a sale, or a person who piques your interest as a potential future mate.  The approach can make all the difference in the outcome.  It would serve us well to always remember that we reap what we sow, and approach can likely be the seed of the fruit of outcome.

Note the approach of the centurion to Jesus in our Matthew passage in Manna for Today.  He came sincerely.  There was integrity in his approach.  He came with honor, addressing Jesus as Lord, a title of great honor and respect.  He came with sincerity, laying his need before Jesus openly.  And he came in faith, as can be clearly noted from the words of Jesus later in the story.  When you weave all those threads together, you create a fabric of real life into which Jesus is drawn by the faith in the fabric. 

Now notice the response of the Lord to this approach, but as you do, don’t forget a few points of key interest.  The centurion would have been Roman, not a Jew.  Therefore, he had no covenant with the Lord.  The centurion did not ask Jesus to come to his house to heal his servant, yet the response of Jesus was both quick and strongly affirming of the centurion’s approach.  Jesus immediately responded, “I will come and heal him.”

Jesus loves you and me no less than anyone else.  He, like His Father, is moved by faith.  And when we apply faith as a key element in our approach to Him, we can know what to anticipate in His answer.  He is no respecter of persons.  He never changes.  If He responded as He did before He went to the cross, then surely, there is nothing that would lessen his measure of response to anyone who comes to Him today in faith, with integrity, honor, and sincerity.  And it is even better for we who live in under the New Covenant.  We have Holy Spirit to lead us in our approach, and He will never direct us in a manner less than pleasing to our Lord  So, go ahead, and make your approach a right one.

Manna for Today – Matthew 8:5-13; Galatians 6:7; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9;  Colossians 3:26; 1 Peter 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8