Know Your Calling

Read: Jude 17-23

So far in Jude we have covered the key concepts of “Know Your Identity,” and “Know Your God.” This Sunday Ken will preach from verses 17-23 on the concept of “Know Your Calling.” As followers of Christ, we are called to live holy lives that point others to the glory and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is in stark contrast to the false teachers in Jude, who live only for their own selfish gain. As you prepare your heart for our gathering this Sunday, pray that God would further instruct us on how we can better keep ourselves in the love of God and not fall away in the spirit of these false teachers. Also, let these words from Donald Whitney “build you up in your most holy faith” concerning the intake of God’s Word.

 

Heart Preparation

No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture. The reasons for this are obvious. In the Bible God tells us about Himself, and especially about Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God. The Bible unfolds the Law of God to us and shows us how we’ve all broken it. There we learn how Christ died as a sinless, willing Substitute for breakers of God’s Law and how we must repent and believe in Him to be right with God. In the Bible we learn the ways and will of the Lord. We find in Scripture how to live in a way that is pleasing to God as well as best and most fulfilling for ourselves. None of this eternally essential information can be found anywhere else except the Bible. Therefore if we would know God and be Godly, we must know the Word of God—intimately.

 

However, many who yawn with familiarity and nod in agreement to these statements spend no more time with God’s Word in an average day than do those with no Bible at all. My pastoral experience bears witness to the validity of surveys that frequently reveal that great numbers of professing Christians know little more about the Bible than Third-World Christians who possess not even a shred of Scripture. Some wag remarked that the worst dust storm in history would happen if all church members who were neglecting their Bibles dusted them off simultaneously.

 

So even though we honor God’s Word with our lips, we must confess that our hearts—as well as our hands, ears, eyes, and minds—are often far from it. Regardless of how busy we become with all things Christian, we must remember that the most transforming practice available to us is the disciplined intake of Scripture.

 

Excerpt from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Donald S. Whitney, pp. 28-29.

 

Song List for Sunday

1. I Stand Amazed, by Aaron Keyes

2. This I Believe, by Shane and Shane

3. When the Stars Burn Down, by Shane and Shane

4. Holy Spirit, by The Gettys

5. All to Us, by Chris Tomlin

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