Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Introductory Thoughts

Undoubtedly, there are many personal traits that serve as the building blocks for a good reputation. Yet, the scripture plainly identifies one particular trait that serves as the cornerstone of a good reputation: Faith! Hebrews chapter 11, commonly known as the “Hall of Faith,” chronicles how the saints of old developed good reputations by and through faith. Though these men and women performed great works, the works were accomplished through faith. The Bible plainly declares that it was by faith that “the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:1-2). To reemphasize this truth, the Lord repeated this thought in Hebrews 11:39 when He said, “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith.”

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Barnabas lived a life of faith (Acts 11:24). He helped the early church (Acts 4:36-37), urged people to do right, taught them, and could be trusted (Acts 11:22-30). He also gave a second chance to Christians who failed (Acts 15:36-40).

• (For everyone): How could faith give the elders a good report among other believers? How do you feel about those you know who are faithless or unbelieving? How does their conduct harm their reputation?

• Do you know someone who lives a life of faith? What is your opinion of that person? How should you live your life? How would that change your reputation?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to help you see the tie between faith and the right reputation.

• Ask the Lord to give you strong faith.