Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The Epitaph of Your Faith
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
I have always been enamored by the summation of the faith of the elders in faith's hall of fame chapter.
"By faith..." is followed by the exploits of godly men and women of Scripture who now compass us as a cloud of witnesses. They cheer us on as we run the race that is set before us.
We read about how they, by faith, lived and died, saw great miracles occur, endured tremendous hardships, obeyed God, pleased God, listened to His voice and acted accordingly. By faith they built, sojourned, led, received, sought, offered, blessed, chose, refused, respected, believed, subdued, worked, escaped, waxed valiant, persevered and suffered.
Generally, only one little sentence or clause summarized what the spiritual giants accomplished by faith. We can call this an epitaph. It boils the essence of a life down to something that can fit on a grave marker. It cuts out all the fat and leaves the lean.
Feel free then, to consider what an eternal record might say of your life, lived by faith.
Finish the following: By faith (your name here) (your exploits here).