Hebrews 12:2 has been a favorite verse of mine since Holy Spirit showed me that ‘the joy set before Him’ was … me! (and you!)
Recently, He has been showing me even more in this verse.
Being an author, I appreciate the use of that term to describe His work in us. No one can write a book the way the original author intended. There have been a few who tried, when an author died before completing the work. Not always a success.
But the thing I sort of missed, while seeing that He is the only one who can write our faith, is . . . that includes ME.
What He has been showing me this past week is that my faith is ALL His work. Not mine!
Yup, you heard me – NOT MINE!!
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In all the years, and all the churches I’ve been in, I don’t think I’ve ever heard this preached/taught the way He’s showing me now. Oh, sure, I heard that faith comes from God, but there was always this expectation that “now that He’s given you this faith, it’s your job to make it grow, to ‘use it or lose it'”.
But that’s not what Heb. 12:2 says. He is not just the author of our faith, but the finisher – the one who completes it.
‘Finisher’ is the noun form of the verb ‘Teleioo’. Here’s the definition of that, from Strong’s:
|King James Word Usage – Total: 24|
|make perfect 12, perfect 4, finish 4, fulfil 2, be perfect 1, consecrate 1|
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Wow! Amazing stuff, huh?
So where does that leave all my work, all my striving to ‘build my faith’?
On the dung heap! With all my other ‘works’. Thank God!
This is yet another thing that ” … is finished.” (John 19:30)
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As we get ready this week to celebrate His death and resurrection, may Holy Spirit show you, in more complete detail, just what Christ finished on the cross.
And may that set you free from empty works, from all striving and all bondage.
And may you go forth from this most wonderful of seasons secure in the knowledge that HE will finish your faith, will perfect it (and you). And all you have to do is say ‘yes’.