Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NASB)
Growing up an hour from the pristine white sandy beaches of the Gold Coast, Australia, was a real treat. For one week, every Christmas vacation, our family usually rented a room by the beach. No matter how the waves were, we determined to enjoy them.
When I was very young, I remember standing in ankle deep water. Each time a wave came I would karate chop them for fun. I had some feeling of superiority or control over the vastness of the ocean. Some years, I remember, the waves were real dumpers. They’d either knock me a few steps into shore, or knock me down, sometimes grinding my face into the sand. As I got older still, I learnt how to enjoy the wave’s power. I would ride the waves as far as I could on my boogy board. I wanted to enjoy every last inch it would take me, right into shore.
I remember before becoming a Christian, I was curious about the message of grace. Yet, I built my response by the way others around me responded. Others mocked, yet I couldn’t figure out how some were totally into it. Later when I got to a Christian school in 6th grade, the message of grace started to pound on me heavily. The Spirit convicted my heart of sin. (John 16:8) Finally, I couldn’t take the battery any longer. I fell into the arms of Jesus as He caught me.
Leaning into a wave feels like it might catch you, but there’s emptiness behind it. Leaning into Jesus, all I found was fullness.
As I grow in relationship with Jesus, I find strong waves of Grace batter me and wash over me. (2 Peter 3:18) With your torso and head above the turbulent waves, the seas feel rough. I float in strange peace there under the surface of His mercy. The calmness of Living Water gently guides me wherever He wants me to be. (John 7:37-39)
What’s better is the personal relationship with Jesus! not just getting pushed around by the waves. (Ephesians 4:14)
Wave upon wave of His mercy and grace wash over me now, as He teaches me to trust Him. One wave in particular this year was the realization driving home from a study group. It became clear, Jesus covers me with His righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21) For no matter how hard I try, and fail, I’m never good enough to please the Lord by my works. (Ephesians 2:8-9) For it’s by grace we approach God, out of His great love, and what He’s done for us! In this blessed discernment, I found rest from the striving. (Matthew 11:28)
Looking to today’s verse, let’s meditate on the phrase, “author and perfecter of our faith”. The Lord made us in His image for the purpose of fellowship with us. He authored the great rescue plan from the beginning. He carried out that plan on the cross, making a way of redemption. He convicts us of sin, so we can turn to Him. He grows us and molds us into His image. Soon we will enjoy our incorruptible resurrected bodies and enjoy eternity with Him. (Genesis 1:27, Colossians 1:26, Romans 8:29, 1 Corinthians 15:52)
Until then, we get to enjoy the waves of His mercy and grace.
Dear Jesus, thank-You for revealing to us more and more of Your goodness as we spend time with You. Let us float in the fullness of Your mercy and grace. You give us rest from striving, and calmness as we trust You. Our hope is in You, for You are faithful to fulfill Your promises. ~Amen
Looking forward to seeing Jesus Face to Face Meeting.