Do you not realize that the love the Father bestowed on the perfect Christ, He now bestows on you?– C.H. Spurgeon
It is not a coincidence that the verse for today is about faith. Yesterday, I had a wonderful day spending time with a friend and her daughter. My friend shared with me a question her daughter asked her out of the blue. The query was How do we get to heaven? Children always amaze me. How they ask basic questions that adults no longer question. And sad to say that we are not concerned about. Then I asked my friend how she answered her daughter. She said to be always good and do good things. I do not blame her for her answer. Likewise, I would have answered the same way three years ago, before I met the person who established and perfected my faith. But how do we answer this question?
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Hebrews 12:1-2. Please, read our recent devotional from the 2nd Letter of Paul to Timothy 1:8-12: How Does Shame And Suffering Relate To Christian Life?
Jesus, The Founder And Perfecter Of Our Faith
If you are a runner, how would you like to run? With a lot of baggage or with just the essentials? The writer of Hebrews tells us how we can prepare to run the race of our faith. Verse one instructs us to lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely. Letting go and turning away from sins is repentance. And this is the first step that will lead us to the One who establishes and perfects our faith.
Another we have to let go of is other weights. For my experience, it was the religious traditions I clung to. Other doctrines taught me that I can perfect my faith and that I can earn my way or place in heaven.
Founder And Perfecter Of Faith In Heaven
Verse two points us to whom we should run with endurance, and that is to Jesus Christ, who is the founder and perfecter of our faith. His example of perseverance, until death on the cross, to follow the will of the Father is something that should be a reminder for us. Furthermore, that obedience is now rewarded with Him seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus fulfilled the Law (Matthew 5:17) and nullified the traditions of the Old Testament. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). Hence, no one goes to heaven, the throne of God, unless through Him. So what are we going to do to go to heaven? Put your faith in Jesus Christ, repent from your sins and live in accordance with the will of the Father, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- Have you asked the question how do we get to heaven? Read more.
- If you were asked this question, what is your answer? This will help.
- Is Jesus the founder and perfecter of your faith? Accept Jesus Now.
- How is your faith doing?
- What are you doing to nourish your faith?
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- God’s Will
Lord God, heavenly Father, we are poor, miserable sinners. We know your will, but we are too weak to fulfill it. Our flesh and blood hold us back, and our enemy the devil will not leave us in peace.
Pour your Holy Spirit in our hearts, that with steadfast faith we may cling to your Son Jesus Christ, find comfort in his passion and death, believe the forgiveness of sin through him and in willing obedience to your will lead holy lives on earth until by your grace we depart from this world of sorrow and obtain eternal life; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.