Called to a Nobler Purpose

“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” [Jude 20-21 NIV]

If there is anything that has been emphasised to me of late as I read through parts of the Old Testament, as well as the New, it is that God hates hypocrisy. We either love Him or we don’t, we follow Him or we follow someone or something else. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t say one thing and do another. He is holy and worth far more than a fickle lip-service.

As it says earlier in this book, “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality” [vs 4], have infiltrated the church. I find it disappointing that people exist within the church who disregard the high standards of the Word as old-fashioned and out of date. Creative accounting in your business is NOT OK. A little white lie here and there is NOT OK. We are called to a nobler purpose, a way of life that stands out from the crowd — one that says NO! to the general trend of selfish behaviour in our society.

No one ever said it was an easy path. I will be the first to admit I’m not perfect and sometimes I just want to react or behave in a way that is not seemly — and sometimes I do. But, one of the things about the grace of God, is that He “is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” [vs 24] Let us persevere in doing right in all we possibly can, showing the world who God is, being honest representatives of Him in our neighbourhood.

Published in: on 9th July, 2012 at 10:11 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. I love that verse… ‘He is able to keep us from stumbling. And present us without fault and with great joy!’

    Such an amazing gift, for a people so easily drawn away if it were not for His loving hold on us. How extravagant is the God we serve? xx

    • It is too extravagant, really. If you ask me, I think we get the better end of the bargain. It feels like God gives way more than we do, that He does all the work and we just rest in it and enjoy the ride. Amazing! 🙂

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