Confess to God the times when you’ve chosen not to live 100% for him
This bit makes more sense following on from yesterday when we were thinking about people who were working against us as we were trying to follow Jesus. Jude calls his hearers to remember that Jesus once said that there would be “scoffers” or mockers or people making fun of others in order to follow their own ungodly desires. They are going to be there. It might hurt to be laughed at or to feel like what you’re doing is not right. Someone somewhere might well be laughing at you. They are probably laughing at me too, if that helps.
But he calls us to be different. To build ourselves up in our faith – to remember that we’ve been called to be different, and that Jesus is at the centre of all that we are. That we are never too far from the loving protection of God. That we can know that we’ve been saved. To remember the love of God – and to remain squarely within that love that is big and deep and wide and high and beyond all our comprehension. To wait for his mercy to bring us to eternal life – ok, this sounds a bit odd – we’re not suggesting that you walk around hoping to die, but that one day, when the inevitable happens and we no longer walk this earth that we are going to a better place. That having faith in Jesus is not only a rescue in this life, but also in the next.
It’s not easy to be different, and to live lives that are 100% committed to God – in fact, we all fail a lot of the time. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep on trying, and it doesn’t mean that our efforts won’t make a difference. What would it be like, if you could live a life that was so sold out for Jesus that it had a contagious effect on others around you so they wanted to find out more? That’s how I came to know Jesus, because I had some friends like that. It is possible!
And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes. Amen.
How can you make a difference/be contagious for Jesus today?