In Hebrews 11 we find a comprehensive list of heroes of the faith. This list does not highlight perfect people instead it teaches us about the possibilities of our faith and how we can daily live it.
The people mentioned in this chapter were ordinary, sinful men and women who believed in God. God does not require perfection He looks for faith and belief. There are many people in the world doing great acts of kindness and humanitarian tasks but God finds pleasure in people who perform tasks in His name and believing in Him.
In Hebrews 11:1-4 we read that Abel's offering found acceptance with God because of his attitude of worship towards God. Worship is the highest function of the human soul and only as we are able to worship God can we effectively walk with him and work for God. In the account of Cain and Abel and their offerings in Genesis 4:1-8 we see how our attitude is important in making our sacrifice of worship acceptable and unacceptable to God.
- Abel exercised faith by discounting human schemes, methods and reasoning and by obeying God.
- Abel exercised faith by acknowledging his sin and his need of God's forgiveness.
- Abel exercised Faith by recognizing that no work or effort of his own could gain his acceptance before God.
- Abel exercised Faith by providing an offering that foreshadowed the great offering for sin.
- Abel exercised faith by accepting God's Testimony that he was righteous.
In Hebrews 11:4 we read that Abel still speaks even though He is dead. He highlights that fact that there is only one way for a guilty sinner to be saved and that is through faith in the blood of Christ.