Contend for the Faith
Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
I hope you had a blessed weekend of serving Jesus, His people, and a needy world. For some of you, it was an exhilarating time; for others, there were more than a few discouragements. Whether it was an easy or a difficult ministry weekend for you, I pray God will bless, refresh, and empower to keep going and growing in serving the Lord.
Here’s something on my heart this day, a hopefully brief word from Jude 1:3:
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.
There’s a lot to be observed in this verse but let me get to the point: Jude is the letter that didn’t want to be written. It seems that he wanted to write something much more encouraging and positive. But the urgency of the moment made him say, “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.”
So, here’s my word for you, dear pastor, preacher, or Bible teacher:
– You may not wantto contend earnestly for the faith.
– You may not liketo contend earnestly for the faith.
– You may not feel capableto contend earnestly for the faith.
Still, it is something that we have to do. If you would rather not contend earnestly for the faith, you’re in good company – at first, Jude didn’t want to either.
Dear pastor, preacher, or Bible teacher – please, contend earnestly for the faith. Do it with love and do it with wisdom but by all means do it!
Stand strong in God’s truth.
Blessings in Jesus,
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Pastor David, Thank you for drawing my attention to this passage of scripture and your encouragement to not quit contending. Even when I feel like it. This was a great weekend of worship and service to God but there are some Monday mornings when I don’t feel like contending. This reminded me that I must never react out of how I am feeling but from the truth of God’s call on my life.