Daily Devotional for December 8
But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit. —Jude 20
Major storms and hurricanes have what are called steering currents. These currents keep the storms moving in a certain direction. Without the steering currents, the storms would be far more dangerous than they are. Your life also gets out of control if you lack spiritual steering currents. Jude reveals that the first steering current is praying in the Holy Spirit. This kind of praying builds up your inner man and keeps your faith strong. The second spiritual guideline is living in God’s love. Jude says to “live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you” (v. 21). If you can continually stay in the center of the love of God, you will be able to wait patiently for God’s mercy to bring you to eternal life. The third steering current is reaching out to others by obeying the command to “rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment” (v. 23). To focus continually on soul winning will keep you off the reefs and rocks of life. All your energy will be directed toward what God loves: souls! Prayer, love, and outreach will steer you well, even when the ship of your life seems to be off course. If you let these “steering currents” guide your life, one day you will stand before God “innocent of sin and with great joy” (v. 24).