By Greg Laurie
“Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ.”—Jude 1:1
I heard about a woman who went to the bank where she had her accounts and said, “I want to open up a joint bank account.”
“Who would you like to open it up with?” the employee asked.
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“A multimillionaire,” she answered. “Do you know any?”
If you’re a Christian, you have a joint account with someone better than a multimillionaire. You have a joint account with the Creator of the universe.
The psalmist wrote, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber” (121:1–3 NKJV). The Lord is your keeper.
We find this in the New Testament as well. In 1 Peter 1:5 we read that we are “kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (NKJV), and Jude 1:1 says we are “called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ” (NKJV).
“Preserved in Christ” is an interesting phrase that means “continually kept.” In the original language it refers to a continuing result of a past action. Let’s say you’ve made the final mortgage payment on your house. You don’t have to keep paying the bank. It’s your house. Just enjoy it.
In the same way, your salvation is bought and paid for. You are not going to lose it, so enjoy it. You are kept by God.
If there is something you value, you tend to keep your eye on it. And if there is someone you value, you keep your eye on them.
God will keep you. He will keep you to the end.
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