Hebrews 11 is commonly also known as “The Faith Hall of Fame” or the “Hall of Faith.” A hall of fame is usually an organization’s attempt to honour a set of people that have done immensely well in a particular sector or industry; people who have proven themselves by their actions and results. In like manner, Hebrews 11 lists a number of people and what they were able to achieve.
It talks about Abraham through whom God used to bring the blessing of salvation; about Joseph through whom God used to save a generation and the generations after them; about Moses who delivered the children of Israel from Egypt; about Samson who performed mighty acts of strength; about a host of many heroes of the faith.
But there’s something that makes this “Faith Hall of Fame” different from the other halls of fame we may be familiar with. Unlike the regular hall of fame, the people that were named in this hall did not attain membership primarily by what they did. They were included into this list because of what they believed: because of their faith.
A careful reading shows us that every entry into this “Hall of Faith” had something in common: they all gained membership into this exclusive club and were able to do all they did because of their faith in God.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”[Hebrews 11:6, NET]
Do you run a ministry, or are you a worker in your local church, or are you just a regular Christian trying to live your life in a way that pleases God? The key to attaining the status of the Hebrews 11 people is by faith; a firm conviction of the existence of your Lord and His ability to fulfill His promises concerning you.
Attempting to worm your way into His books without the agency of faith would be an exercise in futility and frustration. Anyone who did any great thing for God first had faith, and believed in God and His ability. It was this their faith that enabled them to power through all kinds of afflictions, do mighty works, and finally end up in this peculiar hall. Not their works (first), but their faith.
In any and everything you do for God, always remember to put Faith first.