There are consequences when you don’t focus on the right spot. Each year over 400,000 people in the U.S. are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver; over 3,000 people are killed. A lapse in focus can lead to distress and tragedy. This also applies to our spiritual life. God knows how prone we are to make idols of the desires of our heart and to lose sight of His love. So He commands us: "Keep yourselves in God’s love." (Jude 21) What love, besides God’s love, loves sinners like you and me? What love, besides God’s love, loves sinners so much as to pay the debt of sinners by dying on a cross in the place of sinners? What love, besides God’s love, promises eternal life to everyone who believes in Jesus, who sacrificed Himself for sinners? What love, besides God’s love, continues to grant forgiveness every time a sinner repents, even if it is 43,123rd time?
How do we keep ourselves in God’s love? He tells us: "Build yourselves up in your most holy faith." (Jude 20) The devil’s lies, the world’s temptations, and the pull of our sinful nature can distract our focus from God’s great love and lead us down a path of distress and tragedy. We need to continually return to the good news of God’s love for us, shown in the One who died for us and was raised again. FOCUS ON GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU IN CHRIST.
…We need each other’s help to keep this focus. There’s a reason why God had Jude use the word "YOURSELVES" instead of "yourself." We do this with one another; we do this together. At Christ Our Redeemer, we come together to sing hymns together, to confess our sins together, to receive God’s proclamation of forgiveness together, to listen to His Word together, to pray together, to receive the Lord’s Supper together, to strengthen our focus on God’s love together. And we leave together in the mission of sharing and showing the love of God to others. Come, join us; let us help you FOCUS ON GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU IN CHRIST!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.