Day 17: “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (Heb 12:2)
This verse was on a poster in my college apartment, similar to this one here. It had a list of all the names of Jesus on it and hung right above the stairwell so you saw it every time you went downstairs from our bedrooms. I think this verse was the first and most prominent one (or at least the one that stood out to to me the most) on the poster. I liked it because it made me realize that wherever I went in life, Jesus had already been there before me. And this was very comforting to me because during that period in my life everything was new and a bit overwhelming.
Other versions of the Bible call Jesus “the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (NIV) or “the author and finisher of our faith” (KJV). So, after cobbling all those versions together, I began to see Jesus as all those things: the author, perfecter, pioneer and finisher of my faith.
At different times in my life certain names of Jesus have meant more to me than others. As previously stated, the fact that Jesus is the pioneer of my faith was what I clung to in college; that there was someone who went ahead of me to pave the way. That Jesus is the author of my faith meant a lot to me when I first started going to my current church; I kept hearing our senior pastor, Richard Dahlstrom, talk over and over again about “stepping into God’s story” for your life.
These days, Jesus as the perfecter and finisher of my faith means the most. I am not at the beginning of my faith journey anymore so it is good to hear that there is someone who will help me to finish well. That I can know that in the end, with Jesus’ help, I will be able to honestly say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).
This verse also reminds me of a song by Kings Kaleidoscope called “Fix My Eyes” that we often sing during worship nights at my church. You can listen to it here. Some of the lyrics go like this:
“When my heart is weary, when my soul is weak
When it seems I can’t traverse the trail before me
I survey the glory of your agony
And I find the will to fight for what’s before me
Cause you ran the race enduring for your glory
I fix my eyes on you, the founder and the finisher of our faith
I fix my eyes on you, the solace in your suffering is my strength”
Those last two lines straight from Hebrews 12:2 are very musically haunting and tend to be the ones that stick in my mind, playing over and over again, long after I hear the song. Maybe if you listen to it they will do the same for you?
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (Heb 12:2)