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What Does it Take to Be a Person of Faith?

by Jeff Kimes - Executive Pastor

Reading through Hebrews 11, what W.A. Criswell called “The Roll Call of Faith”, you will find a list of heroes and heroines of the Bible. The writer of Hebrews lists these people and some of the things God accomplished through them. These are the great stories of faith in the Old Testament. One would think the people on this list were perfect people, and the Godliest people of their day. Truth be known this list is comprised of drunkards, thieves, liars, murders, prostitutes, adulators and people full of fear. Yet the writer calls them faithful.

God didn’t focus on the failures and short comings of their lives, but highlights their triumphs serving the Lord. So much so that in chapter 12 it says, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith.”  The writer wants those reading this book of the Bible to understand that there were people that came before you that experienced some of the same struggles that you do, and you can be encouraged by how their faith grew as they were obedient to the Lord.

I look back in my life and see the faithful service of my grandfather. He was very committed to the church and to Jesus. He would always challenge me to lead my family in the ways of the Lord. He was not a perfect man but he was a faithful man. I thank God for my grandfather’s persistence and witness to his family. I hope to be that kind of witness to my family. I want to live a life that points to the Lord so that my family might see God faithfulness in me so that it leads them to follow the Lord. 

Lord knows I am not perfect, but I must not let the failures of my past define my future. Because Jesus is the author and perfecter of my faith.

God Bless,

Jeff Kimes

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