“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Beyond the familiar doxology at the end, many Christians know little about the book of Jude. This brief, one-chapter letter to believers is a powerhouse of theology coupled with tender encouragement. I appreciate that about the Bible. God never gives us truth without showing us what to do about it. In Jude’s day, the Church was threatened by apostates, but whatever foe they faced, they were called to stand strong. This is true for us today as well.
Jude’s exhortation gives a clear picture of the means by which Christians become stronger and stronger, beginning with the stabilizing power of God’s Word. Believer don’t fall prey to our tumultuous times by ignoring your Bible. Use it! Line upon line, precept upon precept, Old Testament and New. Every portion of it is engineered to challenge, change, and build your faith. Yes, every part.
Jude understood that to be built up is to be prayed up, yet our prayers are often self-centered – blind to the larger scope of God’s work. But “praying in the Holy Spirit” is to pray unselfishly, “Lord, I don’t know what to ask in this situation. I don’t know how to handle this, but You do. I don’t want my agenda; I want to yield to Your will. Show me how to pray.”
Beloved of God, He initiated a grand love affair with you through His Son. Do all you can to strengthen your passion for Him. As a lover waits longingly, so look for His return.
– Pastor Jack
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