Key Words: keep you from falling
The book of Jude describes for us false teachers who crept in unawares (verse four). It is because of these false teachers that Jude encourages us to…
Build up ourselves on our most holy faith (verse twenty), and
Keep ourselves in the love of God (verse twenty-one).
When we come to verse twenty-four, Jude reminds us, though, that in spite of all of our efforts, Jesus is ultimately the One who will keep us from falling. Jesus is our security. We need not fear falling, or losing our salvation.
When the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was being built, workers developed a great fear of falling. Bridge builders have a superstition that one man will die for every million dollars spent on a project. The bridge was budgeted for thirty-five million dollars, so the fear was pervasive. The chief engineer, Joseph Strauss, also believed that three dozen men could fall and lose their lives. The impact of falling from the bridge to the water below was equivalent to hitting a brick wall at eighty miles per hour. Strauss made an unprecedented move and ordered a large trapeze net to be placed under the workers. Bridge builders had never enjoyed such a luxury. The added security made them feel as though they could, as one worker said, “dance on steel.”
Christians as well can be immobilized by fear of falling and losing their salvation, so God provided believers with a security net through Jesus Christ. We are eternally secure, not because of our goodness, but because of God’s grace.
What to do:
✞ Do your best for God; but if you do fall, and we all will on occasion, we can rest assured- Jesus will catch us and keep us secure. Rest in that promise!!
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