We are fortunate to have very good neighbors. Good neighbors are friendly and peaceable and hopefully good caretakers of their property. If we go a little ways behind our house, though we have a very destructive neighbor. He’s destructive by being so busy in his yard that he is changing the way the whole area looks. He is doing what he thinks is best and we haven’t been able to speak to him about it, since he is a beaver. When we visit he seems to be under water- all we can see are the pointed stumps of his lately chewed trees. Due to his handiwork and dam-building expertise there is water everywhere, which we now have to wade through. He has changed the woods so that we can’t recognize the terrain.
Today’s reading is about an unfortunate change. Here it’s the life which is supposed to be changed by God which Jude can’t recognize. His readers were being influenced by people who told them that since their sins would be forgiven they may go ahead and sin. As a result, their lives wouldn’t be recognizable as being touched by grace. Their life would perhaps look like that of people in the world around them.
Let us dwell in God so that others may recognize His grace in our lives. Let us be people of purity and goodness and really listen to God during this Advent season. Many need our help in many ways.