Fight for It
Verse 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.
Having reminded his readers through the words of his greeting about God’s abundant mercy, peace and love, Jude now turns to the heart of the letter. It seems that his message isn’t what he started out to send.
Have you ever started a conversation with a friend and found that the conversation went an entirely different direction that you had first intended? Jude (also known as Judah or Judas depending on who was writing about him), says he intended to send them a letter to talk about the salvation they shared. This revealed that his readers were indeed believers and shows us that this letter will be good for us to pay attention to as well.
Jude saw what was going on in their world and so the message had to change. Just as a hot coal cools down after being removed from the fire and other coals, these believers were growing cool in their faith as persecution drove them to other places. The believers needed someone to fan their faith until it was in full flame. We could use this fanning too. So what does Jude do to fan the flame? He points out the truths of the Gospel that were getting confused with the teachings of the world.
He begins by reminding them that God entrusted this faith to His people. We don’t often think of our faith being entrusted to us. It’s so easy to think that our faith is up to us and that is why it fluctuates so much. We feel strong in our faith because we have been spending more time with God and then at other times we seem short on it when we haven’t been spending as much time with Him.
Jude tells his readers that they need to fight for their faith. This is the kind of fighting we must do to keep our faith strong and alive. While it is easy to think that our faith will always be there, Jude was helping his readers know that it didn’t keep living abundantly without effort on our part through the power of God. This faith that we have doesn’t come from our own desire. God has entrusted it to us and that alone should cause us to want to fan the flame to keep it alive.
Making It Personal
How intentional are you about keeping your faith alive? What do you do to keep it alive? What things in your life are dampening your faith?
Making It Personal Kids
What is faith? Do you have faith in Jesus? What can you do to keep that faith alive?
Father, thank You for entrusting us with this faith. Help us learn how to keep it alive so that we can grow in our relationship with You and be burning bright for all to see the truth of who You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.