“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20).
Here, Jude the Apostle writes about the holy faith. Having faith in the heart alone is not enough. The faith should be firm too. Whatever tests and problems may come, storm may blow and life may also tremble but make yourself firm in Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of our faith.
A Christian family was residing on the opposite side of our house. The eldest son of that family was running a mechanic shop. One day, someone poisoned him and he died. When his sisters heard the news they brought the Bible verses from their home and burnt them on the road. They tore the Bible and burnt it too. They said “Why did this God not save my brother? We do not want this Jesus Christ.” The unsteady Christians;
In fact, their brother never went to church; never sought God also. Was not saved and did not receive baptism too. If they had made him firm in Christ, at least the hope of meeting him in the heaven would have been with them. The Bible says, “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:14).
Jesus Christ brought many dead persons back to life. The little daughter of Jairus was raised from the dead. The son of the widow from Nain was dead but was made to rise alive. Four days after the death of Lazarus, when it was stenching, God raised him. But his family had no faith in Christianity or the Scripture. They were not hopeful of meeting their brother again. They lost all their mental stability when the storm blew with a heavy rain in their life.
But the Bible says “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Jesus said, “In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). What is its meaning? The meaning is that you should not be wavering Christians but should be the steadfast ones.
Dear children of Christ, whatever is the situation, do not lose your Spiritual firmness and stay steadfast in your faith. Do not be a beginner in faith and finisher in flesh. Stay steadfast in prayer (Romans 12:12). Be even more diligent to make your call (II Peter 1:10).
To meditate: “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Hebrews 3:14).