“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.” (Jude 20–21).
Let’s take each of these points separately so we can learn from what Jude is saying:
· “Building yourselves up” means that you are intentionally pursuing things of eternal spiritual value. At the top of this list of essentials should be reading God’s Word and spending time alone with Jesus (Psalm 119:11; Mark 1:35).
· Prayer can easily become a ritual rather than a time of real fellowship with the Lord. “Praying in the Holy Spirit” is allowing the Spirit to guide your prayer so it is according to the will of God (Romans 8:26; 1 John 5:14).
· The Spirit is essential for “keeping yourselves in the love of God” since He is the One who has “poured into our heart through the Holy Spirit” God’s love (Romans 5:5). This assurance puts every other situation in life in its proper perspective.
· Most of us have difficulty “waiting for the mercy of our Lord”. Endurance, patience and standing firm in the Lord will help prevent erosion of spiritual stamina. Paul uses these words often to strengthen those who might want to give up (1 Corinthians 16:13). The Lord will not fail to provide mercy in difficult circumstances and finally deliver us to glory.
Stop, and prevent spiritual erosion by actively giving yourself to God’s working in you by the Spirit.