All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
Hebrews 11 provides us with a list of some of God’s past heroes. People like Abel, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses… people we would expect. But for the most part, these were ordinary people – ordinary people who were used by God. And so, this morning I would like to share with you what it takes to be a true hero; a Christian hero. And being a hero is not as out of reach as you or I might think. I believe to be a Christian hero we need only to have a passion for God’s Word, a commitment to God’s Will, and a devotion to God’s Work.
The bible was written by workers for workers about work. God works, right? It’s the first thing we see him doing. These heroes in Hebrews 11 they endure things that you and I will never have to endure. And I love what the author says about them. “The world was not worthy of them.” But in truth they were not extra ordinary, they were just people who were passionate about God’s word, committed to his will and devoted to the work. They didn’t give up.
William Tyndale started printing his first bibles in Cologne Germany, do you know what happened when the printing house was raided and shut down by authorities? He moved to another printing house. And what’s even more awesome – after Tyndale was arrested do you know what he had the audacity to ask for? The Hebrew bible, a Hebrew dictionary and a pen and paper. Why? He wanted to continue the work – the work he was arrested for!
Teddy Roosevelt says, “I am only an average man, but I work harder at it than the average man.”
You know I said that A hero doesn’t perform for medals or glory, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t rewarded
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Revelation 2:10 Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
The bible says there is a crown of life. There is a badge of honor, there is a reward for years of service. But you can’t get the crown of life, until you’ve given your life. And if giving your life sounds scary, then find comfort in knowing that Jesus gave his life first.