Dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 20-21
Lord Jesus, when it comes to things, we actually have control over, the “do nots” outnumber “dos” by huge percentage. Vacation weather, how people think/feel/choose, fish biting, toddlers sleeping, world peace, tomorrow’s worries, today’s surprises—we are not the queens, lords, or control-clerks of these things.
But your half-brother, Jude, gave us 4 things we can/should always do, whether life feels like “rapture” or “rupture”—a ballroom dance, or Sisyphus rolling his ball up a hill.
- Build ourselves up in the faith: Reading the Scriptures, hiding your Word in our hearts, marinating/meditating on the truths of the Gospel—Jesus, this is like drinking water and eating bread… necessary and always “doable.”
- Pray in the Holy Spirit: Not just “saying our prayers”—but adoring you, communing with you, seeking you—the One who has sought and found us. This is our oxygen—essential, life-giving, joy-fueling.
- Keep ourselves in your love: Not earning more of your love, but abiding, swimming, enjoying the love already lavished on us in the Gospel.
- Wait for the mercy of your return: Not waiting to be adored by kids or spouse, or for people to change, or for “Guffman,” or “a break”—but waiting for you, Lord Jesus. History isn’t random, it’s yours, just like we are. Hallelujah, and AMEN.