Called, Loved, and Kept

1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ … (Jude).

We who follow Jesus are described here with three simple words: “called … beloved … and kept.” Just like when Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave, He called us also out of our spiritual death. Just like the Father spoke of His beloved Son, so does He also speak of us with the same sentiment. And just like Jesus was kept from harm before the appointed time of his death, so we too are kept from falling until our appointed meeting with God. He called us in the past, He loves us now in the present, and because of these He will also keep us safe forevermore. If this does not encourage us, I do not know what will.

And for what purpose is all of this? Well, it tells us right here: “for Jesus Christ.” All of this is for the Son. We are called for Him; we are loved for Him; and we are being kept for Him. It’s all about Him. God could not un-call us anymore than He could not call Jesus His Son; He could not love us any more or less than He could ever love His own Son; He could not allow us to fall any more than He could have allowed His Son to perish before the mobs before the appointed hour.

Lord, thank You that we are called, loved, and kept by You! Help us This Day to stay true in this calling, love, and care. Amen.