Sometimes we hear of someone on a construction job that was not wearing his safety strap. Then he falls from a height to either hurt himself badly or be killed.

Jude, the brother of Jesus, wrote a letter that is included in the New Testament. He was writing to a church that was having problems and was close to splitting. He gave them a "to do" list which are like safety straps to keep them together. These are also good safety straps for each of us Christians in our daily lives.

"But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith..." (Jude 20 NRSV)

The main way we build ourselves up in the faith is to read the Bible from cover to cover. God is the same God from Genesis to Revelation. We can't just read our favorite verses or skip parts we don't understand to fully understand God.

"...pray in the Holy Spirit..." (Jude 20 NRSV)

Along with reading the Bible another safety strap is praying as led by the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit leads our prayers we won't pray selfishly.

"...keep yourselves in the love of God..." (Jude 21 NRSV)

The third safety strap is love. If we realize the love God has shown for us then we will show His love to all we come in contact with.

"...look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life." (Jude 21 NRSV)

With this strap we look forward to the time when we will meet Jesus Christ face to face in Glory. We must realize it is nothing we have done that gets us there but only through the mercy of God. Then as we realize the mercy God continually shows us we will show mercy to others.

These four safety straps are things that we must do so we don't fall. But Jude reminds us that the main safety strap has nothing to do with what we do. Read what he wrote in his benediction:

"Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen." (Jude 24-25 NRSV)

By Dean W. Masters

Owner of the Master's List.