Build An Ark: Letters From the Ranch
Beloved, while I was making every effort to
write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you
appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all
delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3
We are called to contend earnestly for the faith. Lets consider just
what it means to contend and how this can affect our lives.
I once heard Derek Prince preach on being ruthless in our pursuit of the
Lord and His kingdom. The challenge from this renowned man of God was clear.
We must be ruthless in our love and pursuit of Jesus contending earnestly
for the faith! He is the Way and the Truth and the Life! His will must become
our will. His way, our way. We must lay aside every encumbrance that prevents
us from contending for the faith.
Too often it seems that believers become ensnared in contending for something
other than the faith: self-righteousness (being right about
everything); money and possessions; control and domination; ministry and
self-importantance. The list is as endless as His creation. When we are
ensnared we become contentious, factious, and most often, bitter.
Fortunately, whenever we find ourselves ensnared all we need to do is cry
out to Jesus for forgiveness, from our hearts, and we are forgiven. He loves
us! At this point we become candidates able to contend earnestly for the
faith, if we begin to repent (live His Way instead of ours). Sinners, saved
by Grace, through faith, loving Him!
And you shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Give all you have to being His disciple and learning His Way. Be ruthless
in asking forgiveness. Be ruthless in pursuing a repentant life and you
will find yourself contending earnestly for the faith in the areas of your
life where you have lived in defeat, being ensnared by the defeated one.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with
all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever
you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:16-17
Lets not be contentiouslet us be Contenders for the faith delivered
to the saints. Remember, it has been delivered to us. Will you open the
package and become a Contender?