We emulate people whom we admire. It would be crazy to imitate or emulate someone whom we despise.
When my youngest son was in primary school, he imitated everything I did. He tried to dress like me, he did things the way I did and one of his favourite things to do was to get dressed in my army uniform and pretend to be a soldier. During his teenage years, I doubted that he had learned anything from me, but now that he is older, I see how much he actually absorbed.
To successfully live the life of faith Paul talks in Hebrews, we will need lots of encouragement. When we look at those who have lived the life of faith, we can take courage, knowing that ordinary men lived extra-ordinary lives of faith.
The Message (MSG)
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus , who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there , in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
When I think of Moses confronting the most powerful king in the known world at the time because he had met with God, I often wish I could have overheard Moses’ conversations with God. I think of Rahab helping the men escape in the hope that she would be spared. Can you imagine the stress she went through when the army attacked, hoping that everyone got the memo to spare her life. I can imagine the turmoil Abraham went through knowing that God wanted him to kill the only son he had, the son on which all of God’s promises to him hinged.
Faith requires us to follow where we don’t always understand, speak when we would rather not, and always, to defy logic. Most of the time, acting in faith doesn’t make sense, but in hindsight, we can always see God’s purpose prevail and how different things would have been if we had followed logic.
Are you willing to let God lead you in a life of faith?
If you are feeling discouraged, read about these people of faith and trust God to shoot adrenaline in your soul as you are reminded of His faithfulness.
Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com
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