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2015.May.
29 Fri
 
Whos the Boss?
[ Jude 1:1 - 1:10 ]
 
1. Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:
2. Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
3. Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
4. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
5. Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.
6. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.
7. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
8. In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings.
9. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
10. Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals--these are the very things that destroy them.
 

Reflection
Master Jesus (1:1–6)
The book of Jude begs the question: who is the boss of your life? Todays passage spotlights the oft-debated balance between sovereign selection and free will to choose. Verse 1 identifies readers as those called to serve under Jesus. Verse 4 describes those who have slipped in, apparently outside of the sovereign choosing of God. Meanwhile, verses 5–6 illustrate the choice that is offered, even to the angels, to determine under whose authority we will live. What is clear is that there is only one true Master, Jesus. Those who are called and those who choose Him remain under His authority. Those who slip in must also make a choice, for there is no middle ground: we are either in Christ or not. Where we stand in relation to Christ determines whether His power is for us or against us. Our God is both loving and just, and this letter cautions us to remain in Christ, protected under His authority.

Other Masters (1:7–10)
Other masters have a way of slipping into your life unnoticed. Our enemy is unscrupulous in his preying on the weak and vulnerable. Even the greatest of Gods angels does not risk relying on his own power; in verse 9, archangel Michael calls on the power and authority of the one true God. These other masters can take many different forms depending on our individual weaknesses, but the common themes addressed in this passage are rooted in the god of self, exhibited through fleshly desires and human instinct. There is only one true God, one truly safe shelter, and He is the ultimate souce of power and authority.

Application
- Who is your boss? Answer this question through two steps of investigation. First, ask the Spirit to reveal the condition of your heart. Second, consider what your actions reveal about whom you serve.

- What is your power source? You cannot draw from the power of an authority without first placing yourself under that authority.

A Letter to
God
One true God, I choose You because You chose me. I place myself under Your authority and ask for Your power to flow through me. May my life glorify You as my Master and Lord. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
 
 
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