Jude 3 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. ~ Earnestly contend has a great emphasis on giving a violent and valiant effort in protecting the faith and salvation given to us. It means to labor fervently, to strive, to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulty. This effort, this fight, is for our eternal salvation. It’s for a prize that will never corrupt or fade away.
When I think about the saints of old, when I think about the disciples of Christ, I think about the price they paid to protect this faith, to live this faith, and to pass on the gift of salvation to the generations to come. They held this faith in the highest regard. They gave their lives for it so that we could be saved today. This faith that we have been given is far greater than any natural trophy or title. This faith is more valuable and more precious than any prize that could ever be given. So why do we as the people of God count it of little importance or as an unholy, natural thing? We only partake of it when it’s convenient or it doesn’t cost us anything. We aren’t willing to give our time for it, let alone our lives for it. We have so devalued the eternal, spiritual things that God has given unto us through his son that we discard it as yesterday’s trash.
As the body of Christ, as those called by his name, and washed in his blood, we need to get back to a place where we value spiritual things. We need to hold dear the faith and the salvation that has been given to us and recognize that men and women and even the son of God gave their lives so that we might receive this free gift. Let’s not treat it as a mere natural thing that has no value. Let’s hold it as the most valuable, precious substance that it is.