29th September 2019

Hall of Fame

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”
Hebrews 11:39-40 (NIV UK)

Whether it’s for Baseball, Rock-n-Roll, Hockey or the Nascar Hall of Fame right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, there is a “hall of fame” for just about everything. It’s usually a building with images, memorabilia and interesting facts about famous people. We can learn about their successes, perhaps some sports statistics, and find out things we normally wouldn’t have known.

The Bible has its own ‘Faith Hall of Fame’ in Hebrews 11. The author shares a more detailed list of Faith-Hall famous people, and then he says: “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed enemies” (Hebrews 11:32-34). That’s pretty impressive faith.

The author continues by sharing how many of the faithful were imprisoned, tortured or martyred for their faith. Their stories inspire us and give us strength. Many of us would like to have faith like these men and women. And here’s the thing—we can, but it’s not as you think. Faith is not about us, it is confidence in God. It is assurance that God is for us. Ordinary men and women can do amazing things—not because of who they are—but because of who they know and believe. Their lives become a testimony of a good and faithful God. This great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11 reminds us to keep our eyes on the One who is faithful—Jesus. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Every year there are new inductees to the various Halls of Fame. I like to believe the Faith Hall of Fame is also growing. Who knows what names we will see listed among the faithful? We do know it will be those who fix their eyes on Jesus and follow him. He is the pioneer and the one who perfects our faith. We don’t need to be in some special Hall of Fame. We are to live in the house of the Lord. Let’s keep fixing our eyes on Jesus, the one whose faith is the most important, and whose joy is our salvation.

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you for the inspiring passages recorded in your Word for us. They do help us to follow and live up to those of the past. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Greg Williams
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The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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