“I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3).

In boxing, the contender is the one vying for the championship; the crown. It is the one toiling, laboring, practicing fastidiously the discipline of self-denial to reach the highest level of performance. To contend for the faith doesn’t mean we work harder and harder to attain the favor of God but, rather, as a product of God’s grace and the transforming power of his Spirit, I never reach a point of arrival. There is never a point that I can be satisfied in the journey of faith. I must embrace and live it as a contender.

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