The beginning of the Christian life is easy. The end is joyous. But the middle is where the fiercest battles take place, and many fall away.
The real test of faith comes in the middle of our journey. Jesus is the trailblazer, pathfinder, and pilgrim of God’s way. This is the meaning of Christ being the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Not only did Jesus blaze the trail, but He also finished the pilgrimage. And He gives His people the strength to tread where He trod and arrive where He awaits.
“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, 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. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Heb. 12:1–3)
UPDATE: I revised an article I wrote last year entitled What Christians Can Learn from the Music World of the 1960s. I encourage you to read it.