Build Yourselves Up
JUDE 20-21But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
22-23Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.
Jude is a little book with a lot to say about living life. Life has a way of bearing down hard on all of us at times. It can take your breath away and leave you completely exhausted. Sin can find its way in and "stink" up our lives. But we overcome...we can build ourselves up.
You build yourself up in the most holy faith by praying in the Spirit. You stay in the sweet spot of God's success and love by keeping those arms outstretched and open wide. God will send the mercy, the strength and the refreshing. Faith can replenish you. You hear God's Word and faith rises up. As you begin to reach out and do things for God, don't let doubt creep in and steal your strength. There is more to do and we cannot afford to stop when His momentum is carrying us forward.Maybe you need to build YOURSELF up today. Pray in the Spirit. Stay in God's sweet spot, stay open to the next task, the next ministry and outreach that He is sending for you. Mercy is on the way to heal you and to help you. You ARE a champion! YOU can do ALL things through Christ! This is YOUR hour, your day!
24-25And 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!