And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of ….
What we have in Hebrews 11 is a roll call of heroes and heroines of the faith. These are some of the “saints” Over these weeks and months we have looked at a number of Biblical characters, many of whom do deserve the title of “saint, which is never a title earned but a title conferred.”
In one of our hymns from Glory to God, we have another roll call of the saints. Let’s review the lyrics of I Sing a Song of the Saints of God.
I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true
Who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor and one was a queen, and one was a shepherdess on the green,
they were all of them saints of God, and I mean, God helping to be one too.
They loved their Lord so dear so dear, and God’s love made them strong;
and they followed the right for Jesus’ sake, the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier and one was a priest, and one was slain by a fierce wild beast;
and there’s not any reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn’t be one too.
They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still;
the world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church or in trains, or in shops or at tea.
For the saints of God are just like folk like me, and I mean to be one too.
You are most welcome to look into a mirror and see one of those saints who are numbered among “the hundreds of thousands” still. Our story may not be contained within the pages of the Bible, but our lives have been shaped by God’s Word enabling us to follow the right for Jesus’ sake.
O God, we thank You for this journey through the scriptures to learn the stories of and to profit by the heroes and heroines of our faith. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.