Friday, May 15, 2020

Hebrews 11:1-3

Hebrews 11:1-3 
English Standard Version (ESV) 

  One of the greatest chapters in the Bible, the Hebrews Hall of Fame!!  
  What I love about this chapter is it lists out the real examples of Biblical individuals who lived out their faith, and the point isn't that life was easy and clear sailing after they opted for a life of faith -- the very first example given (Abel) dies a violent death.  They're described as not having received the fulfillment of the promise, and it's quite the diversity of characters listed -- Rahab the prostitute is included.  But their faith is lifted up!  Faith is for everyone -- and there are no barriers to entry.  You don't have to have the right background or qualifications or popularity or resources -- and chapter 11 highlights that.  Faith is an equalizer, where Moses and David and Samson lived their lives based on the conviction of things not seen.  
  You and I are in the same boat.  We have hope, but no certainty.  We're building our lives, making our choices, with the same faith David had.  While we know more than Abraham, we don't have the full story, so we have to actively choose every day to worship, serve, and follow God wherever that path may lead.  You are called, no matter your position or background, and faith is a gift.  
  May you and I join hands in the long line of believers, stretching back thousands of years, basing our lives on the same faith and worshiping the same God.

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