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
In business, the term “taking ownership” often refers to people who are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal at work. They are completely committed to the task.
This isn’t a new concept.
In order to answer Jesus’ call to “follow Me”, each one of us must come to a place of taking ownership of our own faith. It is not the faith of my family. It is not the faith of my spouse. It is not the faith of my friends. In order to follow, it must become personal.
Our family has a rich heritage of pastors, missionaries and leaders who have whole heartedly followed Christ. Patrina and I have seen the examples of our parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters.
What will that mean when I stand before Christ? Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zilch.
The heroes of the faith listed in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, point us to the personal actions in Hebrews 12: 1,2 and a life that looks to Christ as the “founder and perfecter of our faith.”
Have you taken ownership for your faith?