Have you ever marvelled at the glories of man. The amazing design of the pyramids. The pure expanse of the Great Wall of China. The wonders of a cathedral in Europe. When we look at the greatest and the best man has to offer, we can be overwhelmed. But when God looks at the glories and the best that man has to offer, he’s not impressed.
He’s God. He made it all. He designed your intellect. He gave you creativity. He understands more than you will ever know. He can create vaster and more beautiful structures than we can even comprehend. God can destroy all of man’s work in an instant. All that we have and experience is by His grace.
Let me give you an example. In Matthew 24:1-2 we read this account.
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Could you see the disciples all excited. Maybe they had been to Jerusalem before. They were going to show Jesus all the awesome buildings around the temple. All that gold and precious stones. In the account in Mark one of the disciples actually says, "Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!"
You can hear the excitement in his voice. In response, Jesus just comments that in a few years it will all be destroyed. And in AD 70 it was. Jesus is not impressed. Jesus is not impressed with the pyramids. He’s not impressed with the Great Wall of China. He’s not impressed even with the temple that was built for His honor.
Do you want to know what Jesus is impressed with? I’m really not sure. The closest thing I’ve found is in Luke 7:9 or in Matthew 8:10. Jesus was approached by a Centurion who wanted his servant healed. Jesus said he would come and heal him. The Centurion interrupted Christ and told Christ that he would be content with a word. You see, the Centurion had faith that whatever Christ spoke would come to pass.
The Bible tells us that Christ marveled or wondered at the Centurion. God Himself, in human form, wondered at a man. It’s such a strange concept that the Creator would wonder at what He made, but He did. But notice what impressed/intrigued Him. The man who believed God.
It wasn’t a great building. It wasn’t great riches. It was the condition of one man’s heart. A heart of faith. I would challenge you, do you have a heart of faith? I would suggest to you that simple faith in the God of heaven is more than the riches and splendors of all the nations of the earth.