The writer of Hebrews after listing several characters and describing their faithful acts, went on to mention that he was constrained by time to mention several others and groups which had faith worth mentioning. After telling us of their many perils, he concluded that the world was not worthy of them. According to the writer, some were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: others had trial of cruel mocking and scourging, some were imprisoned, stoned, cut into two parts, tempted and killed. They were made to wander about in animal skins being destitute, afflicted and tormented. These persons are commonly referred to as the heroes of faith.
As heroes of faith they subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. They quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight and turned to flight the armies of the aliens. These are definitely the actions of heroes. More importantly, God’s heroes, His children who decided to serve Him regardless of the consequences.
Are we facing negative consequences? will we ever develop to the point where we will subdue kingdoms and turn to flight the armies of those aliens to God’s will? Are we prepared to suffer destitution, imprisonment and death in our advance of the will of God? Those of us who are prepared will recognize and accept that truly working for God may ultimately become a choice of life or death. A death however, that would lead to a better resurrection. Are we prepared to be heroes?
Spreading the pure Gospel of Christ, every day to everyone, with boldness and conviction will make us unpopular. As we speak out against ungodliness and immorality and seek to preach truth of Jesus, negative emotions, attitudes and actions will come our way. We can expect to lose friends, relatives, status, and possibly our lives- that is if we are evangelizing as Christ instructed. But, that is what is required of God’s heroes.
Are you willing to be a hero for God?