Google+ 02/14/14 Our Safety Depends On Our Love and Faith!

Jude 1:20-22

 

But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith,

Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,

And await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life.

In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.

 

In part five of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we discover that our safety is tied directly to God's love for us.  Jude issues a final warning to the people about what they should do.  He tells them to build each other up, pray in the Holy Spirit and wait for the mercy of Christ to bring us eternal life.  There is a homework assignment for all of us!  We often claim promises that our behavior simply does not confirm.  We all want to declare that Christ is first and foremost in our lives.  Is He?  Do our actions and priorities reflect that statement?  When faced with a choice between serving God and serving the world, does God win every time?  I believe we all know the answer to that question.  Praying in the Spirit is key.  In order to do this, we must spend time with God.  Do we have specific times that we pray and commune with God each day with no distractions?  If we don't, why not?  The most often quoted excuse for lack of prayer and Bible reading is the lack of time.  I want all of us to realize that everyone has the same 24 hours in each day.  "Special" people are not given more hours!  It is our priorities for God that set us apart.  Some people just simply get more done for Christ because that is their choice and desire.  No excuses, but lots of focused action.  Why is all this so critical?  Look at the end of our Scripture lesson today.  If we do all these things faithfully, we will be safe in God's love.  We will also be able to share that love and mercy with others, especially those whose faith is wavering.  Our faith in God is like a great piece of music.  It is always going somewhere.  Our faith will grow or wane.  It NEVER stays the same.  How much we commune with God and accept His agape love, determines our faithfulness and effectiveness for God.  So, we need to examine what we do for Christ today.  As we do, let's make a course correction before it is too late.  We need to turn our hearts and actions toward God.  "Our Safety Depends On Our Love and Faith!"