Jude 20 (KJV) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Do you consistently build up your faith by praying?
How many times have you pushed aside prayer for something that's more convenient? I wouldn't call that 'holy faith'.
Jude 21 (KJV) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Next question: Do you consistently keep yourself in God's love? Probably not, it's impossible to do so. It's also not part of God's character to FORCE YOU to love Him.
Jude 22 (KJV) And of some have compassion, making a difference:
An over-abundance of compassion is what's missing from most Christians. This is why there verse says: "some". So, if you want to make an eternal difference, you must have compassion.
Jude 23 (KJV) And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Picture a brave fire-fighter, taking all the risk by rushing into a burning house and pulling family members out of the fire one-by-one. Do you take the same risk and have the same attitude in light of this lost and dying world full of souls heading to a burning lake with the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour?
God commands us to pray. God commands us to love. God commands us have compassion. But, if you're like me you don't obey these commands 100% of the time.
Here's the last tough question: Does this mean we would lose our salvation?
The next verse answers this question with a resounding NO!
Jude 24-25 (KJV) Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
God is the one who KEEPS US from falling. God is the one who PRESENTS US faultless.
With all of our short-comings, pride, selfishness, and lack of compassion, our only wise God and Saviour is the only one who can keep our salvation. We cannot keepourselves from falling. Praise be to His name.
Finally, I ask you to pray in the Holy Ghost because He is able to keep you from falling!
Have compassion, make a difference because He is able to keep you from falling!
Make an eternal effort to rescue the perishing because He is able to keep you from falling!
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.