“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I started reading Hebrews 12 this morning and didn’t get beyond verse 2; My attention was arrested by one small word – “finisher.”
I have read this verse countless times, but this morning as I read it, the word “finisher” just seemed to stand out from the rest and grab my attention. I sat and thought about that word for a while.
As you know, when He walked this earth Jesus was a carpenter.
A good carpenter doesn’t do half jobs. He wouldn’t hand over work that was unfinished. A craftsman finishes the job by taking sandpaper and smoothing away all the rough parts, buffing and polishing the piece until it shines and he can see his reflection.
Jesus drew up the plans for your salvation, and personally carried out the plan. But He didn’t leave it there. He is perfecting you.
The sandpaper may feel a little sore at times, but know this, there is purpose in it; He is smoothing out all the rough places, buffing and polishing, so that the Creator sees His reflection in his Creation.
You are His beautiful work in progress!