Speaking Of Life 1038 | Hall of Fame
Whether it is the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada, or the Nascar Hall of Fame right here in Charlotte, NC, there is a “hall of fame” for just about everything.
A Hall of Fame is usually a building with images, memorabilia and interesting facts of famous people. You can read about their successes, perhaps some sports statistics, and find out things you normally would not have known. It’s always interesting to discover who has been inducted into a hall of fame.
The Bible has it’s own “Faith Hall of Fame” in Hebrews 11. The author shares a more detailed list of Faith Hall of Famers, and then he says this:
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. (Heb 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 might proclaim we would like to have faith like these men and women. And here’s the beauty – we can, but it might not be like 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)
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 nestled off into 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.
I’m Greg Williams, Speaking of Life