Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-16 Stepping out in Faith
The Bible urges us to forsake what is behind and reach out to what is ahead of us. That is not to say that all our past is necessarily bad, but we must not “live in the past”, imprisoned by the past. We must, like St.Paul;, “press on”, our eyes fixed on Jesus (Heb.12:2) and on the Kingdom of God. Therefore we must live in faith, because it is faith which assures us that Jesus is alive and the Kingdom of God is real. The outstanding example of faith in the Old Testament is Abram. Abram was called by God to leave his land and his people and to “Go”. He was not told where he was going, only that he was to go with God. Abram obeyed and God promised him his blessing, descendants and a new country. As with the saints, so God promises to us too a new country, a heavenly one (v.10), the Kingdom of God. In Christ we are made new, a “new creation” (2 Cor.5:17). We are not yet perfect, we have not yet experienced the Kingdom of God in all its fullness, but that is our goal; that is our vision. We must therefore press on, moving ahead in faith. Jesus goes before us: we must follow.