A minister and a visiting preacher were walking down the street. They stopped at houses and invited people to come to a special meeting at the church. They stopped at one house. But the people in that house pretended they were not home. The two men walked away, but later they came back to the house again. This time the front door was open, so the men went inside. They invited the woman and her family to come to the church meeting.
As a result of that church meeting, the woman became a Christian. She lived the rest of her life obeying and serving God. She set a wonderful example for her children. They, too, became Christians and followed Jesus.
The writer of Hebrews, chapter 12, lists many people who obeyed God. Then in Hebrews 12:1 he talks about the importance of these people. “We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall.”
Live for God today so that other people will see your example and want to follow God, too.