“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 NKJV
In the world, there are numerous beliefs and persuasions that directly oppose God’s design and desire for mankind. In fact, in many countries today, speaking up against such heresies is considered hate speech. These numerous false doctrines and anti-Christ movements have even gradually begun to creep into the Christian space. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
In our anchor scripture, Jude takes a moment to discuss a pressing issue. He urged believers everywhere to earnestly contend for the faith! The word ‘contend’ means to strive in debate, or to contest against difficulties. This definition should already tell you that contending won’t be easy.
Our battle is for mind space, and it is against every false ideology in the world that stands contrary to God’s Word. Therefore, to overcome every opposition, we must fight fervently and resolutely. Now more than ever, it is of utmost importance that we hold firmly to our faith and strive to see the light of the gospel shine in every heart in this dark world.
Contending first begins with you being built up. Picture a wrestler training for a big fight. He works out and exercises himself so that he is not only able to land powerful blows, but to also withstand any that his opponent might throw. In the same way, you must be solid in the faith! (Ephesians 6:10-13)
One way to do this is by praying. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, so we cannot prepare for it in the flesh! In Jude 1:20, we are encouraged to build up ourselves upon the foundation of our faith by praying in the Holy Ghost; that is, praying in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:4 also echoes this same truth.
We must also grow in the Word whilst preaching the gospel. Study the Bible well enough to teach it to others, and also speak up boldly about the message of Christ. Like Paul, be unashamed of the gospel. Proclaim it every chance you get. Confront falsehood without cowering! If false teachers are bold about their lies, you must be even bolder about the truth!
You can also contend with your lifestyle. Yes, false doctrines must be countered by boldly speaking the truth of God’s word. However, the way you live must be consistent with the message you preach. Live worthy of the call.
Finally, be compassionate and sensitive. In your spreading of the truth, make sure that you remain graceful and gracious in your speech and actions. Be compassionate and tactful enough to sense the best evangelism approach for different individuals.
A true contender fights to win. Remember that souls are at stake. Therefore, you must strive to see that the truth prevails.
Bible Reading Plan: Judges 1-3