Hebrews 11 is often called the faith chapter. In it, the author presents those people of renown in the Bible who lived and died by faith. Sixteen people were named; we read of their great faith from Abel to Samuel. 

It’s no surprise, in this list of “greats” to read about Noah, who “when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family” or of “Abraham, [who,] when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:7-8 NIV). We are reminded that “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13 NIV). Verse 14 gives us this description of people like this.

People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.

Hebrews 11:14 (NIV)

It’s within Hebrews 11 that we see faith defined and its importance to God.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Romans 14:23 tells us that “everything that does not come from faith is sin” (NIV). Therefore, anything we do in our lives that doesn’t come from faith in God is sin. Might this mean that everything we do in faith is to the glory of God? Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to not lean on our understanding but acknowledge God in everything we do; he will direct our paths. This aligns with what Paul tells us.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells us, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (NIV). 

Too often, we look upon our faith and think it’s not enough. That we could never be listed amongst the heroes of Hebrews 11. While having a position of humility is pleasing to the Lord, we need to realize that the faith we place in the Lord every day, in all that we do, is noteworthy and shouldn’t be discounted.

If you live in faith, you, too, are a hero of faith. God sees you and sees your faith in him. Since nothing is too small to God, your “little faith” pleases him and is more than enough. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.