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.Hebrews 12:1-2
What does it mean that Jesus is the author of our faith? What does an author do? He creates. He writes a story. He controls that story. He creates the characters and knows them in a way that no one else can. He knows how the story ends because he has determined it. Jesus is the founder of our faith. He is the one who chose the story – who chose to become a man and give his life on the cross for our sin.
Authors will tell you that the two hardest parts of writing a book are knowing how to start it and actually finishing it. Jesus is the perfecter of our faith in that he has finished the work. He has accomplished everything that was necessary for our salvation through his death, burial, and resurrection. The story begins and ends with him.
This is true in a broad sense, but also in a personal sense. Jesus is the one who gives us life through his Spirit and opens our eyes that we might believe on him, and we can have confidence that he will not abandon this work. He will see us through to the end and give us joy on the journey. Rest assured, “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Phil 1:6).
I kept this page pretty simple by just using the stickers and stamps from this month’s kit. I wrote out part of the verse using the word stickers and alpha stickers. One little trick, I wanted the word “faith” in a larger font, so I took the “faithful” sticker and carefully cut it down. I filled in the background with the stamps and added in some color using a NeoColor II. I also used the NeoColor II to highlight my verses and add some paint splatters to the background. Using a tab punch, I punched out a tab from the back of the devotional card, and as always, I finished with my date stamp.