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God makes you new
Pastor Jon Enter
by Pastor Jon Enter
December 10, 2023

There are only 17 people mentioned specifically by name in Hebrews chapter 11 as great heroes of faith. From the beginning of time until Jesus’ birth, less than two dozen made the cut. What if God wrote a second list and only 17 people were recognized? From Jesus’ ascension until now, who do most Christians think would make the new Heroes of Faith List? Paul? John? Constantine I? Martin Luther? Billy Graham? How about you? Would you make the list?

I’m guessing you’re laughing to yourself right now. “Me? Yeah, right! Do you know what I’ve done? I’m no hero of faith. Too often, I’m more of a zero.” I feel the same. I am the same.

But do you know who made God’s original list of 17 big-faith believers? Rahab. She was a prostitute! “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient” (Hebrews 11:31). She made the list because Jesus’ forgiveness is bigger than Rahab’s past.  

Jesus’ forgiveness is bigger than yours too. What makes you feel downright dirty before God? What makes your soul ache at the mere thought of your past unrighteousness? God doesn’t judge you by your past. He judges if you have faith. Your past is gone. It doesn’t define you or confine you to disgrace. You have grace, and that lands you on a bigger list, a better list. Your name is written in Jesus’ book of life in heaven, and it’s the list that matters eternally!