BIBLE READING: 1 TIMOTHY 6:11-21, 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-27, PHILIPPIANS 1:27
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 1:3(KJV)
Christianity is under attack today as it has been since the first century at the hands of unbelievers and false teachers. Many believers think it is enough to be a good person and go to Church. Yes, these are important but we are also called to contend for our Faith which is the Saving Truth of Jesus Christ and His Teachings. The Greek meaning there renders it “to exert an intense or strenuous effort on behalf of something; to struggle for something, to fight or contend for something.” This is the disposition of an athlete contending vigorously to win a competition, not holding anything back. The Faith has been entrusted to all believers and not just Christian leaders. We have all been called to defend God’s Truth and to stand against false teachers who claim to receive ‘new’ revelations, who add to the Word of God twisting it to accommodate their lusts and immoral behaviours. The same book of Jude gives us several disciplines that will help us contend effectively.
- Build yourself up in your faith (Jude 1:20). We are to keep pressing ourselves to grow spiritually by reading and digesting the Word of God.
- Pray in the spirit (Jude 1: 20): When we pray in the spirit, we receive help in our human weakness to understand God’s Truth so as not to be deceived by false teachings.
- Keep yourself in God’s Love (Jude 1:21): Staying in God’s Love means living by faith and obedience to God (Jn. 15:10) and also loving others.
- Wait with Hope (Jude 1:21): We must keep hope alive in our hearts as we wait expectantly for the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father, we thank You for the privilege of receiving the Word of Faith from You. Give us boldness to contend for and defend Your Truth at every opportunity and to continue to live in obedience to Your Word as we await the Coming of Christ in Jesus’ Name. Amen.