The Eleventh Chapter of Hebrews is one of the best-known parts of the Bible. Commonly referred to as the ‘Faith Hall of Fame,’ the chapter mentions various people who lived by or acted in great faith. To be sure, God has given us a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). However, what we do with it is our choice, and as a pastor recently mentioned at a worship service I attended, scripture talks about people with various measures of faith. For example, there are people that are full of faith:
“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” (Acts 6:8 KJV)
There are also people of great faith:
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” (Matthew 8:5-10)
The persistent woman of Canaan is also described as having great faith after she asks Jesus to help her sick child (Matthew 15:22-28).
Meanwhile, there are people of some faith. Just ask the apostles:
“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5).
The fact that the apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith shows that they had some faith. To put it another way, they had a little faith and some more than others:
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30)
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26)
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
“Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?” (Matthew 16:8)
If someone you know, be it a church member, a co-worker, whatever, were to describe you, how do you think they would phrase things? Do they see you as a person full of faith? Or would the words great, some, or little be more accurate? Do the people you associate with even know that you are a person of faith? That should change, and soon (Matthew 28:18-20). If you do not know where to begin, then share what you heard recently at church or Sunday school. I just did.
This is a new year. 2018 provides us a fresh start. So go ahead and take a step of faith. Who knows? It just might be the step that puts you on a path to the Faith Hall of Fame.