Meta-blog intro: I’m beginning to see a real danger in this “series” approach. The danger being that, what you start you need to finish. So if you start a series: “Series (1): X and y, and z”. You at least need to follow up with a “Series (2): X^2 and Y/Z” and to be honest when you’ve originally set out to write a part 3, you’re really stuck – and don’t want to do anything else until you’ve finished the series. Proper. Who know’s why I decided to interrupt my Systematic Theology series with a Fix your eyes on Jesus series. But I have, and that’s that.
Once you‘ve got a task to do, it’s better to do it than live with the fear of it
So, this part was about growing in faith. Moving past the things which entangle it. Because the truth is, our faith gets entangled. It gets entangled by lots of things:
Pride – thinking we can make it on our own, because of our achievements, appearances, reputation etc…Why do I need this faith thing? Entangled faith.
Sin – This causes all kinds of guilt and shame which cause us to doubt God’s love and forgiveness. Entangled faith.
Cynicism – probably an obvious one. Just looking at everything sceptically – this’ll have a result: entangled faith.
Etc etc etc.
So what’s the answer? Fix eyes on Jesus:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
As we fix our eyes on Jesus, He perfects our faith. Makes us more mature. Grows us. Too often we think other things will perfect our faith better than This. Whether it’s activity (see Mary and Martha), books, qualifications, the “right” job, education, relationship, hardship, experience, knowledge…. No, the number 1 resource for perfecting faith is Jesus.
You want you faith to grow, be matured? Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus.
Stillness – Be still and know.
Yes the Bible helps too – faith comes from hearing and all.
Prayer – when we pray we are talking to God & Jesus!
Church – Paul writes that God’s power was made perfect/complete in his weaknesses. As we gather together, vulnerably and weak, we offer each other the chance to see Jesus through us. We are, communally, His hands and feet after all.
Witnessing – Jesus promised in the great commission to be with us to the very end. This promise of His presence was made in the context of mission. You want to see Jesus more, do mission. Share the good news.