But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. – Jude 20-21
Have you ever experienced an earthquake? I felt a small one in New York once, but it was more “cool” than scary. Of course, this experience can be life-altering for many around the world and there is nothing “cool” about it.
What do you do when your life is “shaken?” Jude reminds us to build ourselves up in our most holy faith and then gives us three practices to apply when life seems to get out of hand: praying, keeping, and expecting. First, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit and your life will have direction. Second, keep yourself in the love of God and you will survive failure. Finally, await the mercy of the Lord and you will not be disabled by doubt.
Pretty good advice. In days of uncertainty, when things seem “shakable,” it is good to have an anchor (a sure foundation). Build your life on these things and you will surely survive … and most likely even thrive.
In an earthquake, I shouldn’t run out of the house – I should run into it. – Tony Danza
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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