Words from the Heart for Saturday October 30th, 2021
…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
Pioneer and Perfecter
Some Canadian pioneer settlers brought personal belongings, including furniture, kitchen utensils, books and ornaments. Some settled on land prepared by Colonization Companies or within reach of villages or towns. For most, however — especially before roads, canals and railways provided communication and transportation of goods — pioneering on all of Canada’s frontiers meant isolation, deprivation and hardship. Yet, usually within a few years, primitive pioneering was followed by relative comfort, and the prospect of security and even prosperity for one’s children.
I have great admiration for those who are pioneers – whether it was in the building of a nation, or going as missionaries to a people group where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never been brought. It takes great courage and fortitude, a determination to accomplish something new in spite of great, even life threatening, challenges. The Bible tells us that Jesus has been the pioneer for our faith. Hebrews 12:2 says “…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus was fully committed to being your Saviour and mine. It was a new venture – it was pioneering work – and it cost Him His life. It was because He could see what His sacrifice on the Cross would bring about – transformed lives and a redeemed people – this was the joy set before Him – that He endured all He had to endure. Jesus had the long view – He not only was the pioneer of our faith, but He is also the One who perfects our faith. Right now He is working to complete the work He has started in your life.
These have been words from the heart.