When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! (Matthew 8:10 NKJV)
There is only two people in the Bible that Jesus mentions as having great faith. One is the centurion from Capernaum, who Jesus is referring to in the verse above; and the other one is the Canaanite woman whose story can be found in Matthew 15:21-28.
So what is it that makes these two’s faith stand out from the rest? What is it that makes their faith so great? One is a man, the other is a woman. One is a person of authority, the other is a homemaker. One is from Capernaum, the other is from Canaan. There is only two things, similarities, that I can find that distinguish their faith from all the others.
1) They weren’t law focused, but they were Jesus focused.
This point I heard Joseph Prince, Senior Pastor of New Creation Church and founder of Joseph Prince Ministries, mention in an interview he had on the “Praise the Lord” program on TBN, Trinity Broadcast Network. Both of them were Gentiles. They did not know anything about the law, customs, or rituals of the Jews. In other words, they weren’t caught up in what people said, but they were only concerned with what Jesus said. So many times today we’re worried about what other people say, their opinions and ideas. We’re worried about all the do’s and dont’s, all the behavior modification; that we lose focus of Jesus. The author of Hebrews tells us to throw off all of that stuff and to fix our eyes on Jesus (See Hebrews 12:1-2). When we focus on the law, we hinder the abundance of grace which prevents us from reigning in life (See Romans 5:17). So turn your focus on Jesus that your faith may arise, grace may abound to you, and you will begin to reign in life.
2) They didn’t limit Jesus to foolish criteria.
Both times Jesus expected to have to do something in order for them to have faith enough for their miracle. Jesus expected that He would have to go to the centurion’s house in order to heal his servant. But the centurion only needed Jesus to say the word. Jesus expected that He would have to give the whole thing to the Canaanite woman in order to heal her daughter. But she only needed a piece of the power. How many times do we limit God from moving in our lives? God if you just do this, then I’ll believe. If x, y, and z all fall into place, then I’ll put my trust in you. If I see such and such happen in my life, then I’ll have faith. I want to know how many people out there don’t need Jesus to come see about you, but you only need Him to speak a word. How many of you it will only take one touch of God’s power to be set free, healed, and delivered because you know that if you only get a piece of Jesus, you have everything you need. Stop limiting God with foolish criteria, take Him out of the box, and give Him the freedom to move in your life.