As Jude moves into the final few paragraphs of this one chapter appeal to “those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ” he urges action. Instead of simply being “informed” about “how bad things are,” Jude challenges them with three specific commands.
But you, dear friends (in contrast with the false teachers who follow their own ungodly desires),
1) build yourselves up in your most holy faith and
2) pray in the Holy Spirit.
3) Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
What is Jude urging? What actions is he exhorting these early Christ-followers to engage in for their own spiritual health?
1. Use the means of grace. Don’t just sit there passively, DO SOMETHING! Pray, Read, Memorize, Testify, Serve…. Get to know God! Pursue your relationship with Christ with a white-hot zeal! Noone else will do your daily exercises, do them yourself.
2. Draw strength from God. Pray not just any old prayer, but pray IN the HOLY SPIRIT. Centre your prayers in God, not in your grocery list of requests. Ask the Lord to “teach you” to pray!
3. Soak your heart in the love of God. Dig through the Bible and list the Scriptures which portray God’s love. Seek to grasp that love as Paul exhorted the Ephesian Christians in his letter to that church. Reflect the love of God through your life as you allow the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in you. Didn’t Paul remind the Galatians that the “fruit of the Spirit is LOVE (among other virtues)?
Spiritual growth does not happen by accident. It is a building, praying, active process commanded by God and actively pursued with God’s help in order to become what God wants us to be! As you ponder the dark hour in which we live where right is spoken of as wrong, where confusion sadly prevails from the “leaders” of many churches, don’t just sit there depressed, bemoaning the darkness, instead be the light!