Those who are listed throughout this 11 chapter of Hebrews, are seen as those who were considered the ancients. Those who lived lives that were to be honored and recognized by those of us that follow after their examples of living as God had intended, the life of faith. Even those who were not as well known were recognized for their faithful walk with God and demonstrated the zeal with which we are to seek out the Lord, our God. They had a renowned reputation that revealed how their life choices were governed by their spiritual integrity. That should be our goal.
Tuesday - Pleasing God - Hebrews 13:6
The sacrifices that are made as we follow after the will of God and are obedient to His calling and service to others, brings us into the frame of building a life, a relationship that pleases God and makes Him proud. We are to do good, sharing that character of love and charity that brings the honor to God who is Goodness. We are told by Jesus that only God is good and if we are to be recognized as good it is only in the acts of godliness that we attempt and are supported by the strength of the Holy Spirit. Whatever comes our way we are to remember to do what is good because it should become a part of our nature that is like God's very nature.
Wednesday - Faith - James 1:5 -6
In doing the good works as well as seeking the wisdom to know the will of God that brings glory to God, we must believe and have the faith that brings about the added blessings of God. One of those added blessings is knowing that we are in that right relationship with God, living in His truth, and not being tossed around by every wind and wave of teaching that would draw us away from Him. We need to stay true to the faith.
Thursday - God's Promises - Luke 11:9
To walk with the Lord on a daily basis we need to seek God on various levels of relationship, f We need to ask God for what we have need of because He is the Giver of all good things. We need to seek Him so that as we come to walk with Him we find His way to be our way. And we need to knock or remain consistent and persistent in wanting to be in that deepening relationship that grows to be filled with nothing but the promises of God. He has the very best for us, even in the toughest of situations, but we must come to Him and not doubt, but trust Him for all.
Friday - Reward - Matthew 6:1-4
In our efforts to live our lives for God, we are not to do it for the recognition of others or to be applauded by the crowds, or even words from God, Himself. We are not even to do it thinking within ourselves that we have accomplished something great. The scriptures tell us to not let "the left hand know what the right is doing." We are to just do the work and allow the praise to go to God and move on, knowing that He is the strength by which we accomplish any and everything. Then if there is to be a reward let God give it how and when He wants. The other night at the Grammy Awards, a nominated singer thought they were going to get a certain award and their facial expression showed their shock when they did not receive it, and of course, it was recorded and shown to everyone. God wants to bless not embarrass. Let Him reward and do not worry.
Saturday - Seekers - Acts 17:16 -28
Paul when preaching in Athens shared with his audience that the God they did not know has been working out His plan for mankind to bring about the desire within man to find Him. Not that God is lost to be found, or even a far off, but we are to seek after Him with our whole hearts, opening ourselves to His wonderful Presence. Paul shares that it is only through God that we "live and move and have our being." We go from being "seekers" of Him to being His "offspring."