But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. –Jude 1:20-21
Visiting my family in Colorado, I get to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. The clear blue skies and perfectly placed clouds nourish my soul. Clouds add such beauty, but we need clouds for rain, especially in California.
Read Jude 1:1-19 and see how Jude describes the opposite of what the real church should be: full of grumbling, fault finding, boasting, flattery, following evil desires, dividing one another… like “clouds without rain” (v12). We need the church to be full of the real stuff. Jude describes the real church as people who build each other up in the faith, people who pray for one another, keeping ourselves in God’s love as we wait for God’s mercy to bring us all to eternal life. People like that are like clouds full of rain, essential to real life and what is needed to quench the thirst of mankind.
We are the real church. It all starts with each of us. Let’s examine our hearts and make sure that we are not just clouds that look nice, but that we are clouds with rain, providing water from heaven to all those around us, especially to those in the fellowship we call The Church.
I’m so thankful that our particular fellowship has so many beautiful clouds full of rain. It is a place that is easy to bring those that are thirsty. Keep being the Real Church.