Hebrews 12 - Author and Perfector of Faith

Hebrews 12:2 Eyes on Jesus #182

Last week I shared Hebrews 12:1 and this week I am continuing on with the next verse Hebrews 12:2 in the NASB says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” I love how the first part of the Passion translation says, “We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.”

Hebrews 12:1 is all about running the race of faith with passion and determination, but as Hebrews 12:2 reminds you the only way that it is possible to run your race is by fixing your eyes on Jesus. Just yesterday I had another triathlon and two times I got distracted and veered off course. One was during the swim, which is honestly pretty easy to do since it’s hard to see where you are going, but the second time I started daydreaming and almost missed a turn when I was running. You know what, the same is true when it comes to your spiritual race. How many distractions are around you, all day, every day. It’s constant, right? With technology and commitments and work and everything else, sometimes for me it feels like my whole day is one big distraction. So in order to fix your eyes on Jesus, you must also turn your eyes away from the things of this world. Just as the Passion translation says, you need to “look away from the natural realm.” Jesus should always be your focus, but often times you will need to remove other distractions from your life in order to make that happen.

This verse goes on to say that Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith, meaning Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. He is there in the beginning and there at the end and he is in all the in betweens. So much so that when he died on the cross for you he felt joy. How?Because his death meant redemption and salvation for you and me. You better believe the only thing that got me through the race yesterday was focusing on the joy that would come when I crossed the finish line. Again, your walk with Jesus is the same way. As you encounter trials, you should face them with joy and perseverance as you focus on the prize awaiting you in heaven rather than the problem that is right in front of you.

Don’t get so caught up in the things of this world that you miss out on the relationship with the very one who created you. Continue to run your race with perseverance and know that the perfecter of your faith is with you every step of the day.  

Hebrews 12 - Author and Perfector of Faith

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  • Erin
    Posted at 10:48h, 12 June Reply

    This is what has been on my heart lately: I’ve been allowing the needs and wants of the people around me to interrupt and even take the place of the things that God is called me to do. I need to find that proper prioritization of being who God is called me to be, being a mom, being a wife, etc.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 12:46h, 12 June Reply

    You been talking to my pastor again? 🙂 She’s sayin all the same stuff to me! 🙂

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 12:55h, 12 June Reply

    A much needed reminder. Keep my eyes fixed on Him. Thanks for sharing. – Amy

  • Heather Zechman
    Posted at 21:30h, 12 June Reply

    Amen. The moment your mind leaves him you begin to veer off course. He is a good God and will always lead us where we are meant to be!

  • Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven not Harvard
    Posted at 23:22h, 12 June Reply

    Caroline, that is such a great metaphor for focusing on what God has called us to do! We must keep our eyes on Him.

  • Val Coleman
    Posted at 10:57h, 13 June Reply

    Amen! Thank you for this sweet reminder. We can do nothing, be nothing without Jesus!

  • Aleida Lane
    Posted at 16:29h, 13 June Reply

    Reminds me of Peter. When he was focused on Jesus he walked on water successfully but started to sink when he took his eyes off him and got distracted by the storm.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 21:23h, 13 June Reply

    Hebrews 12:2 is one of my favorite verses!! I love how you paralleled finishing the triathonlon with finishing our spiritual race.

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