Let’s put ourselves in the story of Matthew 8 for just a moment to see what we learn about ourselves and the character of God.
The woman at the well reminds me that there’s always more room in God’s Kingdom, and he’s given us the opportunity to invite as many as we can to the party.
Pilate’s wife is a sweet reminder to me that obedience to what God has said is more important than what others do with the advice we give.
I believe that as we understand God’s goodness and our sinfulness more, our worship will move beyond just something we do, to a deeply ingrained part of our lives.
God doesn’t desire for us to go through life making choices that lead to our detriment, but he came to give us abundant life.
God isn’t frustrated or annoyed when we bring the small things of life to him.
We will never be able to perfectly care for others, do justice, love mercy, or walk humbly, but we can become more and more like him each and every day.
We can easily look like we’re humble, without actually humbly walking with God.
With the Lord, justice, mercy, and humility aren’t opposing ideas, they all work together in harmony.
Jesus often went out of his way for people. Even when he was on a journey, he would take the time to respond to the needs of the people.