Jude 1:17-25 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
17Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you to expect: 18“In the last times people who ridicule God will appear. They will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19These are the people who cause divisions. They are concerned about physical things, not spiritual things.
20Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit’s help. 21Remain in God’s love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. 22Show mercy to those who have doubts. 23Save others by snatching them from the fire of hell. Show mercy to others, even though you are afraid that you might be stained by their sinful lives.
24God can guard you so that you don’t fall and so that you can be full of joy as you stand in his glorious presence without fault. 25Before time began, now, and for eternity glory, majesty, power, and authority belong to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
What should we do then while we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus for his people, the church? Are we to get what some call "bunker mentality"? Should we cloister ourselves within our own Christian community and wait?
The problems of our society and the world today are because people did not follow the directions found in the Bible. Unfortunately, most actually decided to not be concerned with the world, but to focus just on being a good little Christain. Fact is that Jesus did not say "wait for me", he said "go into all the world"(Matthew 28:19,Mark 16:15)
We need to be active in our society, focused on doing the work of God, by being the ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven. We are to be the image of Jesus Christ to the dying world, building and strengthening the faith of those who have doubts, and teaching those who have not heard, the life-saving message of the Savior.
It will be a difficult assignment, and we will encounter our share of criticism and ridicule. But the promise is clear, God will help and equip us through the work of the Holy Spirit, and someday He will bring us to Himself. Our job is to accept the assigment and do our part in accomplishing His work.