The Author and Finisher

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV


A devotion for July 24th through the 30th


Hebrews 12:2 has come to my mind the last few days.  I have been thinking about this verse, especially “the author and finisher of our faith”.  I’ve spent some time thinking about what this means for me personally.  When we read the bible, we should spend time applying it to our own lives, as well as the lives of others as this helps us grow.  This one has been with me lately, so I’ve been thinking about it.

“Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”.  Jesus works on our hearts.  He doesn’t change us or make us do anything as we have free will.  He does have a plan though and puts things forth in our path to help guide us in our faith in Him.  They could be little things or big things that he places in our path, guiding us.  If we have a relationship with Him, we will follow that path.  Of course, every journey begins at a starting point.  Here, that starting point is Jesus.

Jesus starts our journey and as we develop our relationship with Him, He writes our story and leads us to the end.  How does He do that?  By what He did while here on earth.  He had a plan set before Him, and He fulfilled it.  He endured the cross, took the punishment that was due us.  By completing His mission, He is now “sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

Jesus does not leave us.  We are perfected through our trials. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV.  God’s grace is all we need.  Through the difficult times God is working on us, bringing us closer and closer to Him.  God will finish the work He began in us.  We need to let Him finish.

Throughout our lives, He is leading.  We just need to pay attention, listen, and follow what He says.  When Jesus returns, we will be perfected in Him.

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