A teenager needed to wash a sweatshirt. Unsure of the proper water temperature and setting, he hollered to his mom, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?” “It depends,” his mother replied. “What does it say on your shirt?” …. “School Rocks.”
Jude 21: “keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
We spend a lot of time looking for things. It seems like I’m always looking for a file, a sermon, a book, a passage, or a hospital room. It’s great when you find what you’re looking for, but not so great when you don’t. What’s worse is when you’re looking for the wrong thing. That happens all the time. In Jude 21, the Bible says, “looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It’s really not that difficult a task.
Have you ever gotten something new like a car and you think you’re part of a small group until you start seeing that style of car everywhere?! We usually see what we’re looking for. If we had been looking for that car a week ago, we would have seen it. The difference is that now we are looking for it.
Are you looking for the mercy of God? We look for success, we look for companionship, we look for adventure, we look for purpose, but how many of us are looking for the mercy of God?
Wiersbe says that the word translated “looking,” means “earnestly expecting.” It describes an attitude of life that is motivated by the promise of the Return of Christ. The believer’s eyes must be looking up as we anticipate The Day! The day that He will come for us and take us away from this sin-filled world to a new heaven and a new earth. This anticipation of mercy is our hope, an anchor (Hebrews 6:19) during the storms of life; a light when we walk through the darkness of the valley of the shadow of death, and a helmet that protects in the battles of life (I Thess. 5:8). Keep your eyes open. Keep looking for His mercy.