Read Matthew 8 today.

Matthew 8:5-13 NLT[5] When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, [6] “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” [7] Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” [8] But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. [9] I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” [10] When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! [11] And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world-from east and west-and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. [12] But many Israelites-those for whom the Kingdom was prepared-will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” [13] Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.
This teaching reminds us of the authority of God, and what it means to live under that authority. There are many people who believe God exists, yet do not believe they live under the authority of God. The boundary to their faith is the statement, “I believe in God.” This is not the kind of faith that Jesus was seeking. This is not the kind of faith that can move mountains. This is not the kind of faith that can transform the world.
This Roman officer had the kind of faith that believed in the authority of God. He trusted so deeply that he acted on what he said he believed. Do we have that kind of faith? Do our actions reflect a deep trust in the authority God?