Where Are Your Desires Leading?
Verse 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
Jude turns his letter slightly with a reminder that these warnings are not his warnings. These same warnings had been given by Jesus and the early apostles. In fact, if we look at some of these warnings from the apostles we will see that the warnings from the last few days haven’t been off base by warning about the lives of those in the Church.
In Acts 20:29-30 Paul warns the Ephesian elders to be on guard because false teachers would be among them. He again warns Timothy of this in his letters to his young pastor friend (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). It was important for them to know, and for us to know too, that the danger isn’t always from the outside. And as we have talked about the last couple of days, we need to make sure we aren’t falling into the category ourselves.
The quote Jude uses points to the scoffing being from people who follow their own ungodly desires. But isn’t it easy to allow our ungodly desires to rule over us? Maybe not as easy in what we Church people like to think of as the “big” sin areas but what about those seemingly insignificant sins like sleeping in instead of getting up to spend some personal time with God? Maybe we follow our ungodly desire of spending hours on social media and then say we don’t have time in our day for personal devotions.
While these choices don’t seem like they would affect the Church the ripple effect is huge. If we aren’t spending time in prayer and Bible study we are not growing closer to God and knowing His ways as deeply as we would if we were in closer contact with Him. And this lack of personal growth has an effect on the Church as a whole because it is through personal growth that we inspire others to grow and serve alongside us. And when we are growing closer to Him and knowing Him and His ways, it is easier to tell when something or someone is against Him and His desires. Scoffers don’t want to grow and know Him more and they are willing to take others down with them. Don’t be one of those led astray.
Making It Personal
What is the depth of your desire for the things and ways of God? What personal steps do you need to take to show a deeper desire for Him? How will that affect your relationships and service in the Church?
Making It Personal Kids
How can you know if something is an ungodly desire? How can you know what Jesus desires? Which do you choose to do?
Father, thank You for the many warnings you give us through Your Word and Biblical teachers. Give us a longing for desires that align with You and Your teaching. In Jesus’ name, amen.