Faith. The Bible speaks a great deal about faith, about saving faith, about the Gift of Faith resident in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps the faith we are most familiar with is that day-to-day faith we exercise as Christians. Jude calls it our “most holy faith.”
“Dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray 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]
This is faith that grows. It is supposed to become stronger and grow bigger, especially as we see God working in our lives through every trial, tribulation, problem and test. As we experience the love of the Father, as we see every promise a “yes” in Christ Jesus, our faith becomes solid and sure.
Jude reminds us that part of that build comes when we pray in the Holy Spirit. That means praying according to the direction and desires of the Holy Spirit as He will always lead us higher and deeper into Christ Jesus.
We are also to “keep [ourselves] in God’s love.” I found that command quite interesting. That word for “keep” means to watch and guard against loss or injury by keeping your eyes upon something.
I know that our Father God who called us is able to secure us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. I also know that we can lose our perception of the Presence of God in our life. We can flounder around in our doubts and denials. We can let our emotions drive us so that we begin to focus on the wrong things instead of keeping our vision solidly on our Father’s love.
God has His part in “keeping” us. We also have a part … and that is to “keep” our vision upon Him and Him only.