Read: Hebrews 11:1-4

Memory Verse: Matthew 25:23

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Yesterday we talked about Medal of Honor recipients. There were only 3,525 Medals of Honor awarded in the entire history of the United States. Very few people received one, however, there are many other medals given out for different reasons.

There is a variety of Medals of Valor such as the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Service Cross, etc. These are awarded for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty. You don’t win or earn these awards. They are given in recognition by a nation in appreciation for what was done in service to your country.

God’s Hall of Fame is listed in Hebrews chapter 11. These are the great men and women of the Old Testament. God honored their faithful service with recognition in His Word. They did not receive a medal but they will receive a reward one day in Heaven.

Like those who receive Medals of Valor from our country, these were all men and women just like you and me. Woody Williams was considered too short for the Marine Corp until the rules were changed. Gary Beikirch struggled with PTSD for many years after serving, even living in a cave for a time. Normal people can do extraordinary things, especially with the power of God working in their lives. James 5:17 tells us that “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are” and look at how God used him.

No one sets out to receive a Medal of Valor. Every one of them was just doing what they had to do in service to their country. Be faithful in serving God and when the time comes for you to do something special you will be ready and able.

Meditation for the Day: Are you ready today to give your life to God in whatever way He may call upon you? Romans 12:1-2

Assignment: Meditate on each of the “heroes of the faith” listed in Hebrews 11. None were perfect and they all struggled in their walk with God, yet He still calls them heroes. What should that mean to you?

For Fun: Look up other stories of valor on the internet. Learn how ordinary people do extraordinary things.