Jude 1:3-5 MSG
3 Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.
4 What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license—which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.
5 I’m laying this out as clearly as I can, even though you once knew all this well enough and shouldn’t need reminding. Here it is in brief: The Master saved a people out of the land of Egypt. Later he destroyed those who defected.
If you are someone who likes to hear the news then you will know that there is chaos, wars, division within countries, hatred, racism, etc., I like to keep up on the news within different ministries, churches and very little commentary is coming from the pulpits.
It was 1980 and I had bought my first car. I worked in an orchard and after work I would visit different churches. I went to this one congregation and some of those in attendance would greet you by asking, “are you keeping the faith”. At first I did not understand the meaning behind the greeting. As I grew older and started travelling through Canada and the United States I saw first hand how many of those sitting in the pews were facing some dire circumstances and I would ask myself “how do they keep going?”.
In the past several weeks I have been going through somewhat of asking the Lord “how much longer can this go on?”
Someone once said, “anything worth having is worth fighting for”. It is so true when it comes to the Kingdom of God and our Christian life. It is a constant battle to keep the faith within ourselves alive. Christians must always be diligent and be on guard so that the thief cannot rob us of our faith. It is important to always keep the armour of God on.
True faith is what we have when ‘the rubber meets the road’. This faith is what determines a true soldier of the cross as it brings to the surface the character of you we truly are. I have met those who believe that we should never confess when going through hard times, never say when we are ill. Yet, most of these talk a great talk, but, when it really comes to action the two things are completely at odds. Someone made a comment about that type of person, “they are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good”.
The other day an old hymn came to my memory that I believe sums up of what I am trying to write about. It is “Faith Of Our Fathers”.
Faith of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!
So dear reader, if you are in distress of current affairs take courage for your ‘faith’ will see you through.