Daily Devotional 5-9-20

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Today’s devotion is a short book of the Bible. It’s in Jude. It’s two pages long and I encourage you to read the whole thing. But today we’re going to zoom in and focus on verses 17, and be thinking about the environment in which we live today.

Jude 1:17, it starts off and says, “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, ‘In the last time, there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy upon those who doubt; and save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 1:17-23 ESV).

I think we probably can all agree that there are plenty of scoffers out there about Christianity. Just open up any social media and you’ll probably come across one in a fairly short order. And it’s no surprise after all because we’ve all sinned, right? But today I’d like to focus on the impact this has on our lives and what we can do about it.

Verse 19 says, and these people who cause divisions, right? Jude tells us because they were worldly in devoid of the Spirit. So then do we infer that those of us with this Spirit either cannot cause division or should not cause division? I don’t know about you, but I’ve met some pretty divisive Christians in my time. But divisions aren’t always a bad thing, but we have to divide in a godly way.

Now, if Jude were to have stopped there, we’d probably be in some serious trouble. If COVID has taught us nothing it’s that we’re all experts in fields that we’ve never even studied before. Am I right? So thank God Jude continued in verse 20 and he tells us just exactly how we’re to divide with the spirit we are to build ourselves up in holy faith. Note that he didn’t say, build up your egos, something that I have to remind myself quite often.

Now we build our holy faith and we pray in the Holy Spirit. We are to keep ourselves in the love of God. How do we do this? By waiting on the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. He teaches us to love him and to obey his commands.

In verse 22, it expands further and it tells us that we are to have mercy on those who doubt, those with whom we share Christ and ask questions of us. We snatch them out of the fire. We don’t throw them into it. And to others, those who, those who don’t ask questions. Those who reject outright, we show mercy with fear. We’re fearing for their souls and where their apostasy leads them. Their public persona is stained by the flesh. Hate that is don’t be like don’t embrace the persona that they embrace.

Now we see scoffers and division all over these days and my prayer for believers today is that we would build ourselves up in the faith. And if you’re out there and you don’t yet believe I beg, I implore you, continue to ask those questions. You can call, you can email the church anytime and when COVID is over, we encourage you to come in and see us and we would love to have a conversation with you.