...Contend for the faith once and for all delivered to the saints. - Jude 3
Is there anything in your life worth contending for? I hope so. I hope there are many things in your life worth a fighting chance to keep. Indeed, I hope your faith in Jesus is worth so much to you that you are willing to fight for it, be earnest about it, and that you're willing to even be stretched because of it. Jude is in my view somewhat of an unsung pillar in the New Testament. He is purportedly the half-brother of Jesus and, like James, was a skeptic as to Jesus' ministry and messiahship prior to the resurrection. But consider this: the post-resurrection Jude jumped fully in to the mission of the early Church and to the full-work of his brother's Kingly rule. Jude's direct admonition in this verse is poignant and one that all faithful followers of Jesus should take to heart.
1. We must 'contend for the faith' individually. No one will force us to dive into all that God has for us. It's a choice we must make and take action upon. We cannot outsource our personal pursuit of Christ. A vibrant and living relationship with Christ is something we must fight for.
2. We must be willing to 'contend for the faith' in public as well. If Jesus really is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, then He will give us open doors and opportunities to share Him with those around us. Too often we neglect to engage in faith-conversation because of fear, intimidation, indifference, uncertainty and laziness. We know that none of these are godly attributes. All it takes is open eyes to see open doors, an open mouth that God can fill, and an open heart to see people as 'worth Jesus to the Father.'
3. There are not several “Christianities.” When watching the History Channel or Public Broadcasting, you will no doubt see Religion "scholars" speaking of many "competing" factions of Christianity in the first century. But bear in mind, there is only (and has only ever been) One, True, Historic, Orthodox Christian Faith. If indeed the book of Jude was penned in the early to mid 60s of the first century, Jude exhorted believers to embrace and contend for the one, true faith. This is biblical Christianity. Don't settle for some watered down pseudo-Christianity, embrace the Real Deal. Let "God be true and every man a liar" (Rom. 3:4). There's only one Faith worth contending for: the One, True, Historic, Orthodox Christian Faith. Anything else is putty.
Question of the Day:
Am I serious enough about my faith to be inconvenienced by it?