Hebrews 11 describes heroes of the faith who faced great trials and remained loyal to God. Chapter 12 begins, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (v. 1). This is a great reminder that we are not alone on our journey of faith.
The great saints and ordinary people who have been faithful to the Lord encourage us by their example and also by their presence in heaven. They are a man who is spiritual, standing with us while we are still on the battle field. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (12:2), we are spurred on by all those who followed Him. Faithful Christians from the past encourage us today. Learn from them and be inspired by their stories.