Jesus personally commended two people for their great faith. During his whole ministry, only two people showed faith worthy of commending. Who were they?
Well, one was the Roman centurian (Matthew 8:10). The other was the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:28).
What is significant about this? To appease my wife I will speak in Math-ese: What is the common denominator?
Could it be just a coincidence? Doubtful. Nothing in the Scripture is coincidence. Amen?
Could it be… that they were both Gentiles?
If they were both Gentiles, then they were never under the Law. If they were never under the Law, then they were free to accept Christ for all his Love, Mercy, and Grace. They were not encumbered by trying so desperately to keep every line of the Law. They were not relying on their own efforts to secure a covenant with The Lord. They were falling before Christ and asking for Mercy… quite loudly in the case of the Canaanite woman.
Did Jesus say any of the religious figures of the time had great faith? Did Jesus say any of his followers had great faith? On the contrary, it was the opposite. They too, were all still in the shadow of the Law. But these two foreigners He said had great faith.
What can we glean from this? If we want great faith, we need to be hidden in the precious blood of Christ, not weighed down by trying so hard to make it on our own. Newsflash: you’re not going to make it that way. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). These two took Jesus at face value. They surrendered to Him. They were empty vessels looking to be filled.
Great faith is something I believe we are all striving for. Learn from the soldier and the mother. Jesus thought they were on to something.
May God’s Love be with you