Saturday, October 22, 2022
We are in a battle right now. However, that is not a unique characteristic of today. In the New Testament, Jude recognized it and wrote in Jude 3, “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.” He wanted to warn people so that they could be prepared.
It is no different today. We live in an age that touts religious freedom and tolerance, yet people are still dying for their faith and the faith of many continues to fall further and further from the truth. We still have a job to do.
Though we may be seeing a change in culture in our own country, we are still fairly blessed when it comes to the freedoms that we have in our faith. In looking at the whole world, there are many countries in which admitting to being a Christian is liable to get you killed. In that way, the fight for the faith is considerably different. They are literally fighting for their physical lives as they fight for the faith.
We have a different, less physical fight in the U.S. A decline in church attendance, a falling away from the faith, a bending of the faith to fit what culture says. Are we willing to stand up, to contend, for our faith?
Jude 3 tells us that the faith was entrusted to all of God’s holy people. I believe that by accepting Jesus into our lives, we become one of those holy people. That means we are entrusted with the faith. We should be fighting for what is true, to hold on to that faith, so that at Christ’s return, we, and as many others as possible can be found faithful.
- After urging his readers to contend for the faith, what warnings does he give through the rest of his short book? What situations, sins, and characteristics of people is Jude warning against?
- What does Jude want to see from God’s people?
- Where do you see a battle for the faith taking place today? How do you think God wants you to participate?