The Pioneer of Faith

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Hebrews 11:8-19

Lloyd Bannister was the first to break the four-minute mile, and then many did it after him. He set the pace and gave the inspiration. Abraham has been called the “father of the faithful.” He responded to the call of God, and by faith trekked to a place he had never seen before. He gave the vision.

In Sean O’Casey’s play, Within the Gates, there is a powerful scene toward the end of the play. A bishop, in the recklessness of his youth, had fathered a child. Through the years he had done nothing but watch from a distance as the child’s life fell apart. Discovering that she is in a serious crisis, he decides that he will care for her. The bishop’s sister says to him, “But you must remember who you are. And you must know that people will talk. What will people say? You can’t go.” The bishop answers, “It does not matter what people say or what people think. The only thing that matters is what God thinks. And what God says. What does it matter what men think a man to be if God thinks him to be a saint?” This is faith.

What Abraham did for Israel, Christians can do for others. Women and men of faith honor God and inspire those who follow them to find their way.


Father, we thank You for those who inspire us by their faith. In Christ’s name. Amen.