September 17, 2017
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”.