Advent Devotional – Tuesday, December 27, 2016 – Snatched From The Fire
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present youfaultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. – Jude 17-25
As we read these verses, it is difficult to believe they were written approximately 68 AD by Jude, the half-brother of Jesus. You would think he is describing our world and churches of today. But we shouldn‘t be surprised.
Jesus said there would be people who did not take things seriously anymore. They would treat everything as a joke and follow their own ungodly desires. They would be more concerned with tearing down instead of building up.
But Jude shouts to us as we look forward to Jesus‘ second coming: Fight with all your might for the faith entrusted to us. Demonstrate God‘s love to others. Share your personal salvation experience and maybe we can be the instrument that helps rescue those that strayed too close to the fire.