My son, Tyler, is now 28-years-old, but wasn’t it only yesterday that he was playing t-ball? I was the first base coach for his six-year-olds team and a good one, I might add. How does this sound: Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Musial, DiMaggio, Mays, Mantle, and Davis. I’m talking about Hall of Fame players—ones that are household names. Surefire first round ballot inductees into Cooperstown. I mean, they’ve all got the stats to show for it—home runs and RBIs.
Okay, the first seven names do, but Davis? Do I have delusions of adequacy? Am I a legend in my own mind? Well, I did play Little League baseball, but truthfully I spent more time on the bench than on base. Actually the Hall of Fame of which I speak has nothing to do with baseball, but with building.
A few years ago, my dad was inducted into the Dothan, Alabama area Home Builders Hall of Fame. It was quite an honor for him and our family. That’s the closest I will ever get to any Hall of Fame, unless there is one for geezer dads with the youngest child. Abraham and I are on a short list.
Like I said, dad’s induction was quite an honor and the presenter read a list of dad’s accomplishments, not only as a builder but in the community. The award he received is called a posthumous one, an award presented after death. One only receives an award after death if one did something worthy of it in life.
Hebrews chapter eleven presents the Faith Hall of Fame. Familiar names, all of them: Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph Rahab, David, to name a few. What were their qualifications for induction? They were men and women of faith, (though with huge flaws) who were willing to serve God no matter the circumstances. Most of them never got their rewards in this life; some in fact labored in relative obscurity. Hebrews 12:1 describes them as a great “cloud of witnesses.” They all made it into God’s Hall of Fame, and now they wait on our induction.
I’m not sure that the Lord is into stats like we are, you know, stats like how many times in a row did you go to Sunday school without missing? Or how many days (or minutes) consecutively did you keep the Ten Commandments? It seems to me that God is more concerned with our hearts being pure, filled with His love, than with our legalistic ways of keeping score.
The Bible does speak of judgment for sure, and some times speaks of it in light of whether or not we have been doing good stuff or evil stuff. Follow Christ and let Him lead you into doing good for God’s kingdom. Then, it seems to me, you won’t have to worry about being voted in or out.
The Apostle Paul, who would have made anybody’s Faith Hall of Fame, put it this way: “For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that we may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5: 10).