Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. (Jude 1:3)
Jude wrote with an urgent purpose: to encourage Christians to contend for their faith. As Christians we should know that times will come when we need to fight for our faith. What does that mean? Certainly Christians have literally fought for their faith, and for the right to freely worship, but as individuals we also have to fight for our faith. Here are a few examples:
- Fight for your faith by prioritizing devotional time: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Life is busy and unless we fight for our faith by making it a priority we will get bulldozed by the business of life. We fight for our faith by purposefully setting aside time each day to read the Bible, to read devotionals, to pray, and to listen for God’s small still voice.
- Fight for your faith by trusting God: “Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11) Society and the media propagate endless myths, statistics, and reports that we should “trust”. Every television commercial involves a bias of “trust”. As an example, the tagline “You’re in good hands with Allstate” conjures up an image of trust. As a Christian, though, you know that your trust is in the Lord. You know that He has a plan for your life, and that it is good- even when it does not feel like it, and as the lyrics for Washed by the Water say, “Even when the rain falls, Even when the flood starts rising, Even when the storm comes, I am washed by the water.”
- Fight for your faith by choosing faith over worry. “So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy.” (Ecclesiastes 11:10) The world tells us to worry…about health, money, safety to name a few; but faith tells us to refuse to worry. When you find yourself going down the rabbit hole of worry, it’s a mind over matter sort of thing. You just have to knock it off and turn whatever the source of your worry is over to God. Lay the burden down at the foot of the Cross and walk away.
- Fight for your faith by honoring the truth. “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place” (Ephesians 6:14) As Christians we wear the spiritual armor of God and we have the duty to recognize, protect, and tell the truth.
Fight the good fight, finish the course, and keep the faith.