You have to love Hebrews 11 – the great Faith Chapter.
Faith often seems to break all of the rules, it must do this just because it’s faith. If it’s not faith then it will fit in just fine with everything else, but once it’s “of faith” it is often seen as some form of madness that is destined to fail. The quote above sums it up so well.
The facts, past experience and often a lot of conventional wisdom (which can be very valueable), can all be contrary to faith.
The list of faith statements in Hebrews 11 is far from complete, but nothing less than inspiring. Most of the bible greats are listed on this faith roll call.
By faith Abel, by faith Enoch, by faith Noah, by faith Abraham, by faith Sarah, by faith Isaac, by faith Jacob, by faith Joseph, by faith Moses, by faith the walls of Jericho came down, by faith Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthah, David, Samuel and the Prophets, the list is brilliant. It mentions the people and the accomplishments and it’s all by faith.
Of course faith has challenges and trials, which are also mentioned. Faith, in a sense is not flawless, but it is clearly “favoured” by God. The fight is for faith, the walk is by faith, when the Son of Man returns, He will be looking for faith. If it’s not faith, it’s what – sin.
It is interesting to note, that no people groups, no organisations, no movements are ever mentioned, it’s all about people, individual people, who heard God, believed Him and walk with Him in FAITH.
Then chapter 12 continues on, “since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness’s”, verse 2, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”.
Let the lives of others stir you to faith. Nearly all of the men and women of faith had to go it alone (no point writing names here, the list is almost endless, we could use all the biblical characters and then just start writing the names of men and women out of our own natural world history), so clearly “me and Jesus are more than enough for faiths accomplishments”.
Make it our lives goal to live and eventually, to die in faith. Make it our lives goal to encourage, inspire and release faith in as many of those around us as we possibly can.
Faith does not often make sense, but it does not fail and it is not as risky as we are often led to believe. If I am going to fail, let it be at least in faith. What might be seen as failure in the eyes of man, can easily be faith in the sight of God.
In Hebrews 11 some of faiths achievements are mentioned, but they weren’t commended for their achievements, they were commended for their FAITH. Achievements as a result of faith are automatic, they are a natural consequence of faith. They are (in many ways) not really all that commendable, because once you are in faith, all things are possible. Once you are in the realm where all things are possible, everything you do can actually be “bettered” by something else. Faith makes us naturally supernatural.
The achievement (whatever it is) won’t be that impressive to God, the question will be “was it in Faith”.
The greatest risk is not taking the risk. Get your name onto the faith roll call.