Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Thought

“You, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; for they said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.’  It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions.  But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”  Jude 17-21

This passage makes me think of Jesus’ trial during which time He chose whether or not to respond to questions.  Often He remained silent, knowing there were no words that would answer reasonably to the scoffers whose “bloodlust” only made them more determined than ever to see Jesus crucified.  Sometimes we understand there are no appropriate words.

This means we are not called to “argue” the faith or the finer points of divisive doctrine with folks in OR outside the fellowship of faith.  We are called to “pray”, stay “in love” with the Lord, and “look forward” to the reward which will surely come to those who persevere in the faith.  In other words, we are responsible only for ourselves!  We are called to let the Lord handle these who turn their backs (and minds) on the reality of the Spirit who dwells within us.  The Lord will tell us to speak if and when it is time to speak.  Otherwise, let us be mindful of the “hope that is within us”.  It is enough.


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