Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ
and brother of James—to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 1-2 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, as Jude begins his short epistle, what a Gospel-saturated identity Jude gives us. How we think about ourselves impacts every aspect of our lives. Many voices clamor relentlessly to define us, but we must heed your voice above them all. What a difference it would make if we believed ourselves to be “called, beloved, and kept.”
Through Jesus’ finished work, you have “called” us from the grave into newness of life. You didn’t merely invite us; you subpoenaed us right out of our spiritual death. You literally spoke the word, and we came alive in Jesus.
No longer dead in our sin and trespasses, we are now fully forgiven and righteous in Christ. It’s humbling to admit, but true. We’re chosen, not choice. From beginning to end, our salvation is 100% by grace. Thank you, for your sovereign mercy and redemptive might.
And now, alive in Christ, we are “beloved” in your sight and heart. May the name “beloved in God the Father,” trump and mute other names with which we have been branded through the years. May this good news free us to live and love to your glory, until we take our last breath in this world.
Speaking of last breaths, we bless and adore you, Father, that we are “kept”—by Jesus and for Jesus. When Jesus returns, our current standing in grace will segue into an eternal dancing in the Spirit. On this February Monday, may your mercy, peace, and love increase in our lives, for the blessing of those with whom we live, work, and play. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.