The best sermon I’ve heard in my life was taken from Hebrews 11:13-16. It preached at Presbyterian church in Jackson, MS, I think roughly in 1997. I was visiting this church with a friend that worshiped there. And I’ll never forget the sermon that was preached that Sunday.
The preacher was dealing with Hebrews 11, a chapter we sometimes call the “Hall of Faith.” This is one of the cool chapters in the Bible. This chapter talks about all the saints of God in the Bible that had faith. The folks had faith in God, in His plan, in His calling, and in what He was doing.
Listen to what this passage says:
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
It says this – they longed for these things from God, but they died not having received from God the things hoped for.
God promised Abraham a great nation. Which happened. But, not in his lifetime.
This did not invalidate the promise. It happened. Abraham just didin’t see it.
And even though he didn’t see it, he still believed. He knew that God’s promise was true, even if he didn’t see it.
And because of this, God was not ashamed to be called his God. Abraham had faith, even when he didn’t see. And because of that, God was not ashamed to be called his God.
Think about that for a second. We often think about how we shouldn’t be ashamed of God. How we should stand up! Be strong! Have faith!
But hear this. When we live in faith. When we follow, obey, and stand in faith – God is not ashamed to be called our God.
God is not ashamed of us. God is not ashamed of you. God is proud of you.
Today, through faith, God is proud of you. Live today, in that knowledge.