The Contender

contenderA good friend has a beautiful waterfront home on Dauphin Island, Alabama. He has a fine boat for fishing and recreational use.  The craft is docked at the foot of the steps leading from the deck to the water. The model of the boat is named ‘The Contender’. Two 350-horsepower outboard engines power the boat. It is equipped with state of the art navigational aids and technology. Its sleek design enables it to cut easily through the waves, and it is capable of remarkable speed on the water. The boat is, as the name implies, able to ‘contend’ with whatever the waters around the island may have to offer.

I find a life lesson here. We live in troubled times. From recent Supreme Court decisions to growing hostility toward believers, we navigate troubled water. There is mounting criticism of Biblical standards, and often there is open defiance of Christian principles for living. The words of Jude 3 (NKJ) are as relevant to us today as they were to believers to whom they were directed long ago: “Beloved, while I was 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.” Jude’s phrase ‘common salvation’ refers to the unity of all believers in Christ Jesus. In this epistle, however, Jude does not dwell on this subject. Because of a rising wave of challenges and opposition to the gospel, he is writing to Christians urging them to contend earnestly for the faith. They must not offer passive service, but must actively engage the hostile forces. Our faith is worth fighting for. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13, NKJ).

contender2The Lord has prepared us to stand against the forces of evil. Just as the ‘Contender’ is equipped with powerful engines, navigational aids, and sound design, we are able, in Jesus, to contend with the troubled waters of our day. Let us face into the wind and waves, and with the Lord’s help we can power through. There are calm waters ahead for those who contend for the faith now. Psalm 107:28-29 says, “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distress. He maketh the storm a calm, so the waves thereof are still.”  

Let Us Contend For Our Faith – There Is A Haven Of Rest Ahead.

~ Brother Roy

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