Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
The introduction to the short book of Jude.
He identifies himself as James' brother. Most likely the James who was a disciple. He also identifies himself as a servant of Jesus Christ, something that we all should do. Maybe we should begin signing our letters that way.
He then addresses this letter to "those who are called" to "those who are beloved in God the Father" and to those "kept for Jesus Christ". Of course, he piles these three ideas together into one group, but look at them separately.
You have been called. Therefore, you have a calling, a purpose for which God has chosen you.
You are beloved by God the Father. That is an amazing statement if you try to wrap your mind around it and soak it in.
You are kept for Jesus Christ. Your continuance is founded in the person of Jesus Christ.
Keep these things in mind today and allow them to become a part of how you identify yourself. This letter is addressed to you.