keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.Jude 1:21(ESV)
With what frequency and urgency did the Lord Jesus entreat us to "abide" in Him and to remain under the shadow of His wing. With what protest and insistence did the apostle Paul reiterate the importance of remaining "in Christ" - of maintaining moment-by-moment fellowship with the Father and taking care not to step outside of His protective covering.
Both the Lord Jesus and the apostle Paul were acutely aware of the delight; the strength; the grace and the peace that flows from this blessed communion with our Saviour, where we rest in Christ and abide in Him - and He in us. Both also were profoundly mindful of the dangers that ensue, when fellowship with the Father is broken, knowing that the enemy has a deep-rooted hatred of God's blood-bought children and seeks to ship-wreck their loving trust in the Lord, by many subtle means.
Jude also shows an understanding of the devil’s tactics to shipwreck the faith of Christians, through legalism, apostate teaching, worldly carnality, false religiosity or a works-related Christian life, which is why he instructs us: to build ourselves up in our most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit - as we keep ourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
How important therefore to pay heed to building up our faith on a sound foundation of our faith, and to earnestly contend for the true gospel of Christ. How vital to maintain ongoing communion with the Father - by acknowledging our sins, confessing our spiritual poverty and admitting our need of His guidance.
How crucial to search the scriptures daily, seeking to live godly, in Christ Jesus our Lord. How indispensable is praying in spirit and truth, for this will nurture our faith, feed our souls and enable us to face the fiery trials that pursue us in our Christian life, and avoid the many pitfalls.
Father I know that there are many dangers and difficulties in life that combine to ship-wreck my faith in You. I desire to love You more, to know You better, to keep the Lord Jesus as the centre of my life and to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Give me wisdom to discern what is not from You and in Your mercy, keep me under the shadow of Your protection, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN.