“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
This year, the Lord’s people at West Mason will be worshiping, growing, and studying around the theme of “Jesus: Author and Perfecter” (Hebrews 12:1-3). The Hebrews writer calls on us to fix our eyes on this Savior and Lord as the one who makes our faith possible and as the one who will bring it to its full completion, when our faith is made sight in heaven (Philippians 1:6).
Knowing this, we will fix our eyes on Jesus because he provides the perfect God-pleasing example of how we’re to live by faith.
We’ll fix our eyes on him because he supplies the encouragement we need to accomplish our spiritual goals and endure through life’s trials.
We will fix our eyes on Jesus, because the evidence from the material world around us and the history preserved for us lifts him up as God’s own Son that fulfills an eternal plan of redemption.
And we’ll fix our eyes on him, because it gives us the proper perspective and motivation for expanding the borders of his kingdom through evangelism.
In 2019, we will live out our faith boldly and reverently all because of what Jesus Christ has done, is doing and will do. Let us look to the Author and Perfecter of our faith!