“Let it be done for you as you have believed”
– Jesus (Matthew 8:13)
Is your pattern of obedience based on fear (it’ll be bad if I don’t) or expectation (this will be good)?
It’s easy to confuse the two when following people, because their physical presence has a way of motivating.
Personally, I don’t want the shame of disappointing a good leader, often, just as much as I don’t want to miss the promise they’re giving me.
But when it comes to following God–who I cannot see or touch–this difference becomes apparent.
The centurion was able to leave Jesus and still trust him because his faith was not tied to fear, but to expectation.
He believed Jesus could and would do it.
The lesson for us:
If you’re following based on fear, your faith will always be small.
But if you’re following based on expectation, it will outgrow you, many times over.