Re: flect-Ing on Jesus as Author and Finisher

Women usually are good at multitasking. We have to be.  We have children asking us questions, food that needs to be prepped for dinner, messes from the dog that must be cleaned up, and water leaking from under the dishwasher.  

We also are good at losing focus. I run down to the basement to get potatoes and realize I never finished organizing the workshop.  Then I head back upstairs, forgetting the potatoes, and see the train set scattered around the floor. I find a Lego in the midst of the trains, run it up to the Lego bin, only to realize the clothes never got put away…this goes on all day, and I realize when I head into the kitchen to begin dinner I never brought the potatoes upstairs, let alone peel them.

 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher 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.

Hebrews 12:2

 

Sometimes it is hard for me to fix my eyes on anything. Everything around me leads to distractions, and my eyes dart from one thing to the next.  But we are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

 

To be the author implies originating, promoting and causing something to happen. Our faith is not something that we can manipulate and conjure up. Jesus causes faith to occur in our lives, and then He finishes every work needed for our faith to be complete.

 

It is hard for me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. I look away as I dwell on an offense against me. I turn to another side as I am jealous of the friendships which someone else has. Every time I hold onto sin, massaging it in my mind instead of putting it off, I am taking my eyes off of Jesus.

 

Jesus endured shame, hatred, mocking, disgrace, pain, and anguish. He could have taken His eyes off the finish line, but He never did. Jesus understood the joy that was set before him.

 

I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

 John 17:4

 

What brings you joy? Is it brought about by your circumstances? Does your joy fluctuate because of the words or actions of others?  Or do you have joy knowing that the One who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6). This Easter, fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.

Love, Cheryl