There is a game that I used to play as a kid (and sometimes still play) called “Sha Booya.”
The game goes like this: the group chants “Sha booya, sha sha, sha booya roll call,” and then one person says their name and something about themselves.
Here’s an example.
Group: “Sha booya, sha sha, sha booya roll call.”
Person: “My name is Faith”
Person: “I’m writing a blog”
Person: “For Woven Together”
Person: “’Cause that’s my squad”
Then the group claps or laughs or celebrates, depending on how funny or clever the roll call was.
It is kind of silly, but it is fun and in a big group, it can be a good way to get to know a little bit more about people’s personalities.
It is not quite “Sha Booya,” but did you know that there is a roll call in the Bible? It is found in chapter 11 of Hebrews.
This chapter lists a bunch of biblical heroes and tells a little bit about them. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, and more are listed. There are some big names on the list.
So, what made these people so great? Were they charismatic speakers? Deep thinkers? Strong warriors? Brave heroes? Eloquent preachers? Big dreamers? Hard workers? These are some of the things that we would think brings success, right?
I mean, Noah surely had to work hard to build the ark. Abraham must have been a big dreamer to be the father of a nation. Rahab must have been brave to hide the Israelite spies from their enemies.
Sure, they could have been those things, but that is not how they are described in Hebrews. They did not do great things on their own. They did them “by faith.”
“By faith Moses… chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time,” (Hebrews 11: 24-25).
“By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did,” (Hebrews 11: 4).
“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice,” (Hebrews 11:17).
Notice it does not say, “Abraham did ____ by faith,” but “by faith Abraham did ____.” The person’s name is listed second to their faith.
So maybe it was not being a deep thinker or big dreamer or great preacher that helped these people do awesome things.
It was their faith in God.
What is faith? And how do we live by it?
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see… By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible,” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
Basically, we have to believe that God created the universe and put our trust in Him no matter what comes our way. We put our hope in Him even though we cannot see Him. We believe He has a good plan for us even when it does not feel like things are going our way. We do what He tells us to do, even when it is scary.
The “Roll Call of Faith,” as it’s sometimes called, teaches us that to do great things for the Kingdom, we do not have to be extraordinarily talented, we just have to trust and obey our extraordinary God.
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