1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: 2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
V1 NLT I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.
What a way to be greeted!
A reminder of who I am – “called by God the Father” and a reminder of how God treats me – “He loves me and keeps me safe in the care of Jesus.”
When I think about the writer of this letter – and the importance of this letter to the believers, I know these words are meant to remind the readers of their identity.
When I know who I belong to (I am called by God the Father) and how much He cares for me – I am empowered to live for Him – to rise in faith-filled obedience to serve His cause – and reach out to those around me so that they would also find that in following Jesus they discover who they are and what they are called to!
Lord help me to remember who I am, what You have done for me and what You have called me to.
Fill me to overflow Holy Spirit to reach a lost and hurting world with Your good news – Jesus!
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn