From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 4 July/August 2012
The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
MARBC Executive Director
“The just shall live by faith.” Hebrews 10:38
The New Testament letter of Hebrews places a great emphasis upon the importance of faith in Jesus Christ as the only acceptable way to salvation. It also places a great emphasis upon how a Christian’s faith is to be demonstrated in daily living. Hebrews 11 is popularly known as “The Hall of Faith” because it notes the characteristics of those who have walked by faith.
I once read the following tale about a father’s conversation with his children. After a typical family dinner, the children turned to their daddy and asked if he would tell them a story. “What kind of story would you like to hear?” asked the father. “A story about a giant,” one squealed. The father smiled and began to share with his eager, young audience a story that he hoped would challenge them to appreciate the giant value of a person’s influence. He shared –
“Once there was a boy who asked his father to take him to see a great parade that passed through the village. The father, remembering the parade from when he was a boy, eagerly agreed to take him to see this great spectacle. Early the next morning the boy and his father set out together with great excitement. As they approached the parade route, people started to push in from all sides, and the crowd grew thick. The crowd became so thick that, in order for his young son to see, the father lifted his son and placed him on his shoulders.
Soon the greatly anticipated parade began. As it passed, the boy kept telling his father how wonderful it was and described the colors and images. The boy, in fact, grew so prideful of what he saw that he mocked those who saw less saying, even to his father, “If only you could see what I see.”
As the father concluded the tale to his children, he stated the important moral of the story. “What the boy did not consider was why he could see. The little boy forgot that once his father, too, could see.”
One of his children replied with a sense of disappointment, “Is that it? We thought you were going to tell us a story about a giant.” “But I did,” the father replied. “I told you a story about a boy who could have been a giant.” “How?” he asked. The father wisely counseled, “A giant is someone who is willing to lift others up so that they can see what they could not on their own. And, a giant is anyone who remembers that we are all sitting on someone else’s shoulders.”
This issue of the Baptist Testimony makes note of some who have served their God with a giant-like faith and vision that has enabled many others to see Jesus Christ as a result of their personal testimonies and the ministries they have led. They have personally influenced and encouraged me in regards to global outreach. They exemplify Hebrews 11:1-2, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” May each of these giant-like testimonies of faith encourage you and also stimulate you to consider ways in which you can also be used of God where he has placed you.
Hebrews 11:6 reminds that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
You have His Word on it! (KEF)