“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”Hebrews 12:2 (NIV84)
I love the imagery in this scripture: Jesus as the author of our faith.
In ancient times, scribes were important. Their job was to listen to the author and record their words. The letter belonged to the author, but it was the scribe who did the work. Not everyone could write, so the scribe fulfilled an important role. Even though Paul could write, he still used a scribe!
We have a similar role in our modern world: In every courtroom, court reporters listen to everything that is said and record it.
Ultimately, it’s the job of the scribe (ancient or modern) to magnify the message of the author. It’s recorded so other people can read and hear it even though the author isn’t present.
When it comes to our life, we ought to be more like scribes rather than authors. Our calling is to follow God’s design for our lives. We are to listen for his voice and transmit his Word to the world through our attitudes and actions.
This picture undermines our selfish nature. It’s humbling to be a scribe. We want to be in control. We want to be the one who is in charge, making all the decisions and choosing that’s best for us.
Essentially, this imagery is one of obedience. We are allowing Jesus to be the author of our lives?