“And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Yesterday, Bobby Cox was selected to the baseball Hall of Fame. For those who do not know, Cox was the manager of the Atlanta Braves for 25 seasons. During his career, the Braves won 14 division championships, five National League pennants and one World Series. He is fourth on the all-time list for wins as a manager.
Hebrews 11 is oftentimes referred to as the “Hall of Faith”. Beginning with Abel and going through the New Testament martyrs, the writer lists the amazing stories of believers who had faith in God, were persecuted and hated for their faith, and many of them died for their commitment to the Lord.
You don’t have to be a “superstar” to be in God’s “Hall of Faith.” You don’t have to be famous or have your name listed in the Bible. Abraham, Issac, Moses and Rahab’s stories are incomplete without your story; you are just as much a part of God’s promise as they are.
How can you be selected to God’s Hall of Faith? By simply “obtaining a good testimony through faith.” Trust God with every area of your life. Do not expect to receive rewards in this life for your labors. God has something better for you in the life to come. Live by faith.
Father, I choose to walk by faith and not by sight. I trust you and believe in you. I do not follow you in order to receive something in return. Like these other saints, I just love you and serve you because you are worthy of my praise. In your holy name, Amen.