Hebrews 12:2,”Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I was telling a friend recently that as our children become adults the things they deal with become bigger and harder but my trust in God has become deeper and wider. Our children have been given to us as a precious gift by God and our time influencing them is short. Peace of mind comes with being able to trust God has their best in mind. They are His children first.
If we can teach them at an early age to trust in God with everything in their life, they will rely less on their own devices. Our world places far too much importance in being independent. Don’t hear me wrong because I know there is value in independence and is part of the process in maturing. It is when we become too self-reliant and prideful that the humility of coming to God gets wiped out. I can do it myself makes even faith a place to perform and do it yourself. It does not allow for a place of trust and belief and seeing that we really can’t do things without God. At least not to the fullest potential of who He created us to be.
I lived over half my life, first of all not even knowing that God existed, second, not knowing He loved me. Now I can’t even imagine the opposite. Once you have experienced the love of God and the fullness of belonging to Him, your hope changes and your joy increases. It reveals that there is a purpose for your life and a reason you are on earth.
Hebrews 12:1 says,”Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” The race is marked out for us, are we going to choose to run it? Do we know what comes after the finish line?
The next verse goes on to say that we are to keep our eyes on Jesus. He is the author of faith, the one who wrote the book on it. He is the perfecter and in Greek that means completer or finisher. He both creates and sustains our faith. It took me a long time to understand what was meant by the ‘joy set before him ‘or at least being able to reconcile that with death on a cross. But joy was His motivation. Just as we are instructed to keep our eyes on Jesus, Jesus kept His eyes on His Father to finish His race and purpose. In completing His race He gets to affect redemption and reconciliation for every person to God’s heart. If they so choose. As John Gray says it, ‘He did it just in case’ someone chose Him. This is pretty incredible motivation for Jesus to finish.
It was not an easy journey, enduring (suffering patiently) the cross which was a representation of shame and humiliation. Jesus scorned the shame of the cross which meant he despised it, ignoring that it was a shameful way to die. He got victory in the place of shame in order for us not to have to live in it any longer. Jesus was able to do this because He was set on the joy set before Him.
What are you set on? Sometimes our independence has us miss what has already been done for us.
He has created our faith, we just need to step into it and believe. “If you declare with your mouth,’Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
He completes it, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion to the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
He died for our sin and our shame, we just need to confess it and receive His forgiveness.“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
He will guide us. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6
I tell my son that being right is highly overrated. I believe that independence is too. We were created to depend on our Creator. What can you trust to Him today?