Read: Jude 1
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious throne without fault and with great joy… (Jude 1:24)
I had yet another birthday a few days ago. Funny how those things keep rolling in despite swearing them off. I celebrated the third anniversary of my fiftieth year of living. I am now more than a half-century old. Five decades plus…on the downhill cruise to a hundred, for crying out loud! 100—sounds kind of old, doesn’t it? I used to think fifty was old. I’m now thinking fifty is the new thirty.
Seriously, when you get to a certain age, that yearly birthday causes you to stop and think about some very important things: Where you have been and the footprints you are leaving in which others will one day follow; if you have been spending your one and only life well; what kind of legacy you will leave. And one of the things you cannot help but think about it is how much time God has allotted you before he calls you home. Sometimes I worry about those things. That’s natural. But mostly, I am thankful that God will write the final chapter of my life. This life is not all up to me; God is at work to make something of my life. That is what Jude is writing about.
Isn’t it comforting to know that God is doing everything he can—which is a lot, by the way; more than enough—to keep you from messing up? In fact, he’s at work not just to keep you from messing up; he’s working to perfect the masterpiece he’s created you to be! (Ephesians 2:10) And one day, he will present you before his throne and you will stand there perfect—without fault. He will accomplish that for you, not because he feels pity for you, but he will do it joyfully and with great celebration. God has guaranteed your victory.
Wrap you mind around that promise, if you can. God has guaranteed a win for your life—the biggest, most important, ultimate victory of all. And whether you are having a birthday or not, allow that guarantee to give you a great day!
Father, thanks for the guarantee! I will walk in confidence today knowing that my standing before you and my eternal life is not all up to me—it is resting on your broad shoulders!