Hebrews 11 says that the “elders” gained their place in Scripture by acting on their faith. It was not because of their saintliness.
Sermons are preached about the virtues of such men as Moses and Abraham, but the Holy Spirit spotlighted them for their faith only. Think of Abraham’s visit to Egypt! He was ordered out of the country in disgrace.
Faith made these men what they were, whether bold, or humble, or patient. Faith is the virtue producer. Faith produces good works, but good works do not produce faith – just as milk produces butter, but butter does not produce milk.
Congregations are exhorted to imitate the patience of Job, the humility of Moses, or the courage of Daniel. That is fine, but useless unless the means are shown – faith in God.
Faith made them the people they were. It made them men of initiative, enterprising and resourceful.
Have faith in God.