The writer of Hebrews tells us about the heroes of the faith. They were people who
conquered kingdoms, did what was right, received what God had promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were weak but became strong, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies on the run (Heb. 11:33-34). The writer also mentions unidentified women remembered for their faith (11:35), followed by countless others who stood up for God (11:36-38).
These people were not perfect, but they were people of faith. They believed in God, and they followed Him even when it was difficult. We can learn from their example and persevere in our faith, even when it is difficult. Let us follow their
example and run the race of faith with endurance, laying aside every weight and sin that entangles us (Heb. 12:1).
It is easy to feel unappreciated and resentful when we don’t receive the recognition we believe we deserve for our spiritual service. However, we must remember that God sees our work and will reward us in the end (1 Corinthians 15:58). Jesus himself said, “Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:18). Also, the writer of Hebrews says, “Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36). So let’s not give up on serving God, even when we don’t receive the recognition we think we deserve. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, eternal life with God.
Christians are making a difference in the world. They set examples for others, help those in need, and fight against evil. One way Christians make a difference is by being good husbands, fathers, wives, and mothers. They are loving, supportive, and involved in their children’s lives. They are also faithful to their marriages.
Another way Christians make a difference is by being involved in the church’s work. They serve where needed, such as being involved in outreach ministries, like feeding the homeless or visiting the sick. Other Christians make a difference by doing good deeds that are never publicly known. They may be praying for someone who is ill or helping someone who is struggling financially.
All these Christians are making a difference in the world. They are showing the love of Christ to others, and they are making the world a better place. We should all strive to be like these Christians and look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those we encounter. We should do this for the glory of Almighty God and not for our gain.
Paul said it best in Colossians 3:17: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Since encouragement is powerful, can motivate others to do great things, and help build strong relationships, we should look for opportunities to encourage others. A simple word of thanks, a pat on the back, or a smile can make a big difference. When we encourage others, we are helping them grow their faith and become more like Christ. So, let’s try to encourage others more often so we can lift their spirits. By doing so, we will help build a stronger church and a more loving community.