The world has a Hall of Fame, but God has a Hall of Faith. In His “upside down Kingdom” it is faithful servants that God is looking for, men and women who are prepared to sacrifice everything for Him. While the world loves fame and fortune, God has an entirely different way to measure success. The good news is that anybody can be included in God’s Hall of Faith. They just need to be a good and faithful servant!
Visitors to 10 Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister will often remark on the gallery of portraits of former leaders hanging on the walls. While it is good to honour our leaders, including Winston Churchill who ignited bravery in the British People during our darkest hour, it’s even more important to see what great Christian leaders can teach us.
God’s Hall of Faith
God’s Hall of Faith is found in Hebrews chapter 11. This is where many of the Heroes of the Bible are mentioned by name. Great men and women of God who inspire us to go further in our walk with the Lord and challenge us to do more for the Kingdom. Read it now and be challenged!
These are the people “…who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong,” (Hebrews 11: 33-34)
Names listed in Hebrews 11 include Able, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, David and Samuel. These are ‘our elders’ and each obtained a good testimony. Each had a conviction that God would come through for them no matter what. “Of whom the world was not worthy” the Bible says.
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval.” (Hebrews 11:1 Amplified)
Hebrews 11 is truly inspirational, positioning every believer to be an overcomer. They say the Book of Acts is ongoing as the acts of the apostles continue to this day. The same could be said about Hebrews 11. God’s list of heroes in the Hall of Faith will continue until Jesus returns.
“And all of these, though they gained [divine] approval through their faith, did not receive [the fulfillment of] what was promised, because God had us in mind and had something better for us, so that they [these men and women of authentic faith] would not be made perfect [that is, completed in Him] apart from us.
We that are living today (in New Testament times) can now receive God’s free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. This is what God had in mind for us that is better. This means that our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Our future is secure for eternity. However, while we are still on earth we also have the opportunity to walk in faith and fulfill our divine calling as servant leaders.
Nobody is too far gone to reverse the course of their life and make one last stand for God. Rahab was a prostitute and yet she is mentioned in the Hall of Faith and although Samson failed God he was ultimatedly able to bounce back. So, don’t let anything hinder you from living by faith from today onwards.
In addition to the Bible heroes mentioned in Hebrews 11, you can also be inspired by contemporary Christian leaders who have put their lives on the line for God. People like Billy Graham, Bishop Harry Jackson, Luis Palau, Bishop Iona Locke, Gwen Shaw, David Pawson, Steve Hill and Reinhard Bonnke who have all passed away but leave a great legacy behind. In further posts both here and on our Hall of Faith Facebook Page, we aim to share their stories and how they overcame great obstacles by faith.
If you have an extraordinary story of how God has led you by faith and miraculously intervened in your life please share it to encourage fellow believers. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include your testimony here.
This post was written by Al Gibson.
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