Daily Life, Faith

Contenders Ready

Jude v3 – Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Jude may have been writing to Christian believers in and around 65 to 80AD but his appeal is relevant to every generation since and those yet to come. We are to earnestly contend for the faith as the KJV puts it. In other words, we are to vie, confront, grapple, dispute, push for, assert and defend the faith with the deepest of sincerity. This is why faith can feel so hard at times because we are pushing against the tide of waywardness, deception, idolatry, apathy and conformity.

We walk in the footsteps of all those who have tread the path of faith before us. Hebrews 11 tells of a small number of them ‘who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness…’

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that none of us will conquer kingdoms but by faith we are all made strong out of weakness. Daniel’s faith was strengthened daily by his trust in Jehovah. The more we trust God, his word and his promises, the stronger we will be in mind and in spirit and the more able we will be to defend the faith in which we stand.

We could walk this path of faith alone, and there are many who do, but most of us have the privilege of Christian friends. Every path is different and today some walk in joy while others walk in sorrow, some walk in good health while others walk in pain. Be kind to each other, encourage one another, lift up those who are down and be gentle with those who are hurting.

We are stronger together than apart so pray for unity within the family of God that His will would be done through us as we contend for the faith.

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