“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
As believers, our relationship and service to God is suppose to come at a boiling point spiritual temperature. We were made to live with a fervent faith, zealous in response to God’s passionate love for us. Romans 12:11 is a Scripture, that every new testament practicing believer should consider as a command. “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” The Bible is full of stories that show how passion stirred to action, purpose, and calling in God’s people. Solomon had the heart to be a wise ruler. Elijah had a heart for God’s people to turn back to God. Moses had a heart for his people. Nehemiah had a heart to rebuild Jerusalem. These are simply a few examples among many. Each man had a deep fervor that burned bright for God. To be fervent therefore is simply exhibit particular enthusiasm, zeal, conviction, persistence, or belief. It is to glow, burn, or be very hot.
Do you ever feel slothful in zeal? Here, Paul is talking about feeling sluggish or draggy in your relationship with God. He’s describing a feeling of laziness, a lack of desire. Do you ever feel like your spirit is anything but on fire? The word fervent here is better translated as “boiling over.” Do you ever feel like your spirit is more like stagnant water? Let’s look today at how we as followers of God can stir up our affections for the Lord. Let’s make space for God to put fire under any area of our spiritual life that feels stagnant that it might boil over in him. It is time to be red hot for God, boiling for His glory.
Friends, the good thing with this is, God will never ask us to do or be something without him granting us the grace to be it. We are never alone in your spiritual journey. Our job is simply to create space in our heart for God to mold and shape us. We are to engage with him and let the Spirit teach, lead, and fill us. Our heavenly Father is near to each of us. He has a perfect plan to guide you into spiritual growth and fervor. He has total grace for the times you feel sluggish; at the same time he has a perfect plan to lead you out of that state into being “fervent in spirit.The Message translates Romans 12:11 as saying, “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.” May you experience today the life of a “cheerfully expectant” person “fueled” and set “aflame” by the love and leading of God. Is your spiritual temperature boiling or is it freezing?
I Declare: I am fueled and aflamed by God, I am cheerfully expectant and ready to do God’s will always and in all way! Because I am satisfied in the morning with your steadfast love, I rejoice all my days.
Ignite Thought: Passion (fervor) is what keeps you moving in the direction your best intentions want you to go.