“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1.20-21
These words are found in the short but important book of Jude. Jude begins: “But ye, beloved … ” We know that he is writing to fellow believers. He calls the and us “beloved.” He is contrasting the behavior of the followers of Christ with those who “separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” (v. 19) He ascribes to us some sense of personal responsibility. Notice: “building up yourselves on your most holy faith”. See the word yourselves – that means that you and I are responsible for strengthening our faith.
But there is more: “praying in the Holy Ghost … ” This is not some mystical thing that no one can understand. The emphasis here is telling us to allow the Holy Spirit to assist us in our prayer time, to listen when He speaks, and to let Him speak for us when we are weak and don’t know what to say.
“Keep yourselves in the love of God … ” Here again he speaks of personal responsibility. How do we KEEP ourselves in the love of God? We choose each day to allow God to be glorified through us. When that occurs, we are trying to distance ourselves from God’s love, but we are CHOOSING to give God freedom to work in us and through us.
Finally, Jude gives us some guidance for living: “looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Remember that mercy means NOT getting what we deserve and the flip side of mercy is grace (getting what we do not deserve). Are you aware of the times in your life when God acts in mercy toward you? We should be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He guides us and look for those occasions when God rescues us from an event that would certainly destroy us. Let’s remember the goodness of God and allow ourselves to revel in His goodness. Just my thoughts …