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“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life” (Jude 1:20-21).

Are you building upon your faith?  That is, are you intentional about living into the life to which you have been called?  I’m not talking about getting merit awards for attending church, but truly growing as a disciple.  We have been called to prepare for eternity.  The work has been done by our Savior, but now we need to participate in our sanctification.  It is never too late to begin again.

Lord, I often become lazy, especially when those around me are doing nothing.  I compare myself to them.  But Lord, it is not about what my neighbor is doing, but about the call You have given me.  Guide me dear Lord to humbly walk in the truth You have revealed to me that I may willingly do the work of being a disciple.  Help me to not be lazy, but to work hard in the gift of becoming Your disciple.

Lord Jesus, I know I can earn nothing since salvation is about grace, not merit.  But if I take this seriously, I need all the help I can get to put into practice the things You have given me to do.  Lead me, Lord Jesus, so that I look to You and am guided by what You know I need.  Help me, Jesus, by Your grace to not look to others, but only to You and then to do what You give me to do.  Amen.

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