I’ve been giving some thought recently to what is commonly referred to as the “Faith Chapter” of the Bible, Hebrews 11. In this chapter, we are reminded of the faith-filled acts of a lot of people we are familiar with: Abraham, Moses, and Joseph. And then the chapter concludes by telling of a band of Christ followers known only as “others”. We don’t know their names or their stories, but are given only a glimpse of their faith: “There were others who were tortured…,  Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute…They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.” (Hebrews 11:35-38)

What?! Sawn in two, flogging, goatskins, living in holes….! Talk about radical. That is a faith that I am not familiar with. Sometimes my faith can shrink from the mere possibility of being inconvenienced, or embarrassed. But I don’t want us to be made to feel guilty by their faith, I want us to be spurred on by it; challenged to live a life that is radically counter-culture, a life that looks, lives and loves differently for the sake of Jesus Christ. This week let us live out our legacy of being “uncommon others”.

Pastor Dave