Be A Contender… Jude 1:3
Interesting quote: Before you can be a Champion You MUST BE a CONTENDER.
POST FIGHT, I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A CONTENDER and HOW DOES ONE NEED TO FAIR IN ORDER TO GET IN THE RING WITH THE CHAMPION “Floyd Mayweather”? I ALSO STARTED THINKING OF THE SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS’S, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Who can BE a contender? (YOU)
Why are WE contending? (OPPOSITION)
What are WE contending for? (FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS)
When are WE contending? (DAILY)
How are WE contending? (WALKING OUT OUR FAITH AND STAYING ROOTED IN THE WORD OF GOD)
Baseball players, boxers, politicians: each are a contender in that they compete or campaign to win something. Contender has a slightly different meaning than competitor, often implying a more vigorous, even scrappier, sense of taking on every unexpected challenge.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “contend” as the following:
- to strive or vie in contestor rivalry or against difficulties : struggle contended with the problems of municipal government will contend for the championship this year
- to strive in debate :argue
- maintain, assertcontended that he was right contends that the new law would help only the wealthy
- to struggle for :contest She contended every point, objected to every request … — Margaret Mead
All Followers of Christ we are told to contend for the faith due to the perilous times that will be upon the earth. In other words, YOU MUST FIGHT FOR YOUR BELIEF IN CHRIST JESUS. It’s fascinating how so many Christians are so opposed to fighting and take a very docile approach to their faith. We have gotten to a place where we allow any and every one to speak ill of Christ, his death, burial and resurrection. We don’t speak up regarding the degradation of the word of God and we take offense when others stand up for the faith.
I’m reminded of my childhood when kids would talk bad about you. Usually you could take it and keep it moving. But the minute a kid came out with YOUR MAMA, it was over. The gloves were off and it’s time to knuckle up; even if you had to face the bully you would contend on behalf of the person you loved. If you were a young lady nobody could talk bad about your father, even a boy you liked. You would see red and well, let the games begin. Whoopin time.
Why is it that we will fight, strive and/or struggle for everything and everyone except our Heavenly Father? Why are we so slow to defend His name, His cause and His word? It’s easier today to get a rise out of Christians based on an article of clothing a young man or woman is wearing vs. if they are really walking in the precepts, power and purpose of God’s word. In this day and age what does it actually look like to BE A CONTENDER for the faith.
We’ve all heard many times that God will fight for you. I have a question, “Will you fight for God?”
One of my favorite bible characters is Deborah. Deborah was a wife, prophetess and judge in the Old Testament.
It was not an issue that when the fighting started she didn’t hesitate to saddle up and go to battle for God and his people. I’ve often asked the question, where are these fighters at in the 21st Century church? (looks in mirror)
Often times I’m met with, It don’t take all that. WOW! Yet Jude is speaking a message giving us the go-ahead to contend for the faith. YOU ARE A CONTENDER
Why must YOU contend for the faith?
Faith is the truth of the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ as The Risen Savior and Redeemer. You are contending for this truth and nothing more.
You are contending against false ideologies, false Christ, false truths and false doctrines. You are contending for the very truth of God’s existence and your faithfulness to His truth.
Now that we have a deeper understanding of who and what we are contending for, remember Jude wrote; Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Why did the Lord God direct Jude to write to the saints to “contend” for the faith? Why was there such an urgency to speak on the common salvation they shared? What salvation was he speaking about?
And then he stated it was “needful” to “exhort you”.
I am with Jude, I needed to write this blog to exhort you to contend with all your heart, soul, and mind for the Faith that is in Christ Jesus. This verse is a very powerful heart felt message that makes you stand to attention and really ponder why is it in the last days, it’s important to fight, with all your might for the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Some of you have been in some battles throughout your life that you did not have any idea that it was going to be those smaller battles that would culminate to the biggest fight of your life, YOUR FAITH. You have been through hell and back it seems, some fights you won, some you lost, but you kept going. You didn’t give up and you to prove to yourself, others and the enemy that I may go down but I’m not out.
You have been preparing and you’ve gone through the process and proven that I’m on the Lords side. You have experienced your Job moment and you still speak, “HE IS GOD AND YET WILL I SERVE AND WORSHIP HIM”!!!
For better clarity of what this scripture means, let’s break it down. I believe in getting to the nitty gritty of what the Lord is speaking to us his children so we can better align ourselves for the battles we’re in, or those that are coming.
Here is a breakdown of key words in this passage. Read the scripture and continue to read over these definitions. Get it rooted in your spirt so that you can walk boldly and courageously in your Faith.
Common: greek: Koinos – common i.e. ordinary, belonging to generality a: by the Jews, unhallowed, profane, Levitical unclean)
Salvation: greek: soteria – deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation (a) deliverance from the molestation of enemies (b) in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the soul’s safety or salvation – a Messianic salvation |salvation as the present possession of all true Christians | future salvation, the sum of benefits and blessings which the Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.
Needful: greek: anagke – (must of necessity): necessity, imposed either by the circumstance, or by law of duty regarding to on’s advantage, custom, argument. Calamity, distress, straits
Exhort: greek: parakaleo – to call to one’s side, call for, summon; to address, speak t, (call to, call upon) , which may be done in way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc. to admonish, exhort to beg, entreat, beseech; to strive to appease by entreaty; to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation; to comfort to receive consolation, be comforted, to encourage, strengthen exhorting and comforting and encouraging; to instruct, teach
Earnestly contend for the faith – To contend – earnestly means, serious in intention, purpose, or effort: sincerely zealous (Revelations 3:19 – …”Therefore be zealous and repent”) this is another blog for another time wink 😀 but you get my meaning.
for the FAITH – greek: pistis – conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it Relating to God the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ Jesus and that he IS the Messiah; with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same fidelity, faithfulness the character of one who can be relied on
So now that we have a greater understanding and breakdown of these key words in scripture and what it all entails to be a contender;. WE KNOW the who, what, and why we are contending.
We have better view of standing firm in our PURPOSE, POWER and PROMISE, we are able to defend our faith and we are able to move forward and upward in our faith.
In studying the word of God, He has never left his children without a game plan and their part in it. He will give you the wisdom, the knowledge, the strategy, and tactics needed to fight.
Obedience to the PROCESS and letting Him work in you, through you, and for you. We can rest assured the battle has been won. Hallelujah!!!
My Sisters and Brothers, I exhort you with every fiber of your being and with the Love of God deeply rooted in your heart. Stand Firm in your belief that Jesus Christ is Lord, Savior and Redeemer even when the world tells you otherwise. He never said it was going to be easy but he did promise a great eternal reward. YOU ARE A CONTENDER!!
Peace and Blessings!