Thanksgiving Day Special
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.”.
As our nation was celebrating Thanksgiving, we have so many things for which to be thankful. I was looking at all the things. Of all the possessions, the most valuable thing a believer has is the FAITH, given by God. We are saved by faith and live by this faith and this faith leads us home. It is immaterial how big or small this faith is. Jesus said even if your faith is like a mustard seed (Luke 17:6), it can still move the mountains since it has the right DNA! – the DNA of God.
I am thankful for the faith that is “delivered to the saints once for all.” Jude, the brother of Jesus, was not a fan of him during His earthly ministry. After the resurrection of Jesus, this same Judas became one of the greatest proponents of the gospel of Jesus. The following verse explain his passion for a lifestyle of faith: 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.”
Faith is becoming an unpopular commodity in these days. Many have shipwrecked in this ‘faith journey’. The Word says faith is more precious than gold (1 Peter 1:7) and is most holy (Jude 1:20). Since it is so vital for a believer, Satan has his eyes on those who live by it. Jesus was very much concerned about this. In Luke 18:8 He asks, “When the son of Man comes will He find faith in the earth?” It very much speaks about the time that we live in! If we have started our spiritual journey in faith, we should be continuing this journey in faith. “My righteous shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38).
The faith that is given by God is life changing as we become obedient to it. Abraham was obedient (Hebrew 11:8) -he left his father’s household in obedience. When God told him to take his son and offer his son as a sacrifice, he never questioned it! A life of faith is a life of obedience. No wonder Abraham became the father of faith.
The faith we have is also life challenging. It helps us to challenge the status quo! Noah was told to build an ark. He -in obedience- started building the ark, against the prevailing wisdom of the day! He preached for 120 years about God’s judgment. People laughed at him. What Noah was doing and preaching did not make sense. In fact nobody except his household believed in what he said! I am sure he might have had questions in his own mind. He had to face so many challenges. But he condemned the world by faith! ( Hebrews 11:7).
This precious faith given by God is life charting. It is impossible to please God without faith. It charts the course of our lives. In order to reach the God given destination we need to pursue a faith driven path.
As we follow this faith driven path, not only we, but the generations coming after us, are also inspired to pursue this. Timothy’s mother inspired his faith and she in turn was inspired by the grandmother! This precious, holy faith that was handed down from one generation to the next helped in the furtherance of His kingdom ( 2 Tim 1:5-6).
So it is my prayer that the Lord may help each and every one of us to be more thankful than ever before for this precious and holy faith that we contend earnestly for it.