Jude writes a short letter that reminds us to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints”. Bottom line is our faith will be under attack. There are many who will seem to be speaking truth but are going to be destroying the faith. In fact they will “pervert the grace of our God into sensuality….deny our only Master and Lord”. Folks will be working to destroy God’s Kingdom just as they did during Jesus day. They will “defile the flesh, reject authority….blaspheme the glorious ones….abandoned themselves for the sake of gain”. It always comes down to self. We get in big trouble when we put self in charge of things. Jude is writing to the first century church. They have lived alongside Jesus. Yet they really don’t get it. They quickly forgot what they had been taught because self took control. “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” Self gets us in trouble. Self makes us go stupid. That is the battleground. How do you deal with self?
This is all happening without regard to the fact that Jesus “saved a people out of the land of Egypt….afterward destroyed those who did not believe”. We humans have a very short memory. We can’t seem to stay focused – some days we all act like we have ADHD. Jesus has saved and yet they did not believe. How can that happen? Because we forget where truth is and we begin to listen to other people or even ourselves. When we do it will “cause divisions” because there will be numerous interpretations of what is truth. When we lose sight of God’s truth – bad things happen.
Jude does go on to tell us how to be ready to live for Him. Check out what he says:
– “build yourselves up in your most holy faith
– pray in the Holy Spirit
– keep yourselves in the love of God
– waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
– have mercy on those who doubt
– save others by snatching them out of the fire
– show mercy with fear
– hating even the garment stained by the flesh
– keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless”
We can do a number of things that will keep us walking with Jesus the way He desires. It requires us to work at it – and keep Him on the throne. How is your walk with the Savior? He is coming again. Be ready!