Text: Hebrews 11: 32 to 40
All the Heroes outlined in the roll call of Hebrews where Commended for their faith. The list of today’s passage includes some odd names like Rahab, Jephthah, Samson and Barrack. They each has a dark spot, yet God worked with them and found them worthy of his commendation.
No human is perfect. Only God is perfect. That is not to excuse any sins on anyone’s part but it is important to realize that God looks at the heart. He also commends faith, even in those whose lives may not be exemplary.
We could never say that being a prostitute, making rash vows, committing adultery or arranging murder were pleasing to God. But God judges people based on aspects of their life that others may not see. And in our own lives, we need not let satan continue to accuse us because of past sins.
When we truly trust in God we know that we are not able to be righteous…only Jesus is righteous. Our faith in Christ is what makes us righteous before God. Our trust that Jesus died for our sins, covered and erased them with His blood and has made a way for us to be in heaven with a holy God is the substance of what we cannot see. We did not see the crucifixion or the resurrection. But when we have faith that Jesus has done the work, we can share in the hope of eternal glory.
Once we truly accept that sacrifice, we will not continue to sin or fall repeatedly to temptation. God will help us when we confess our sins and turn to Him. We must also remember to show love and forgiveness to others regardless of their past. Only God knows their heart. By condemning others in the family of Christ we are doing satan’s work of accusation. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! There is only conviction, that loving, insistent voice of Holy Spirit which pricks our conscience and makes us repent of wrongdoing.
No sin is “OK” with God. But no person is without sin. That is why the blood of Jesus Christ is so vitally important. It is faith in Him alone that will allow us to join the saints above. We are only Commended for our faith in him.