“Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work. Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11 TV
I don’t know about you, but this one is a tough one for me, especially in these times. I feel, at times, like I am barely hanging on, much less that I have zeal for the Lord. How would you rate your zeal right now? Is your spirit inside on fire for the Lord? Bubbling up at all? Boiling over?
If you are like I am, I feel like I am doing pretty well just to push through this time, but how do we keep our spiritual fervor alive? I believe the secret is found in the last several words, “as you serve the Lord.” If you are not serving the Lord, then you faith will most likely become stale, and you will probably end up in a frustrating circle of sin management. Serving the Lord, and serving others, is arguably the best way to stay fresh in your faith. As you pour yourself out, you will be desperate for the Lord to fill you up. As you put yourself out there, you will find the Lord is there to protect you and has even gone before you.
Is your faith stale? Do you find yourself feeling numb and apathetic? Give your life away! I don’t mean take you life literally, but give of yourself to others serving them without expecting anything in return. As you pour yourself out, you will find the Lord and experience Him in a new way. It won’t be long, if you continue to be faithful to serve, that suddenly your zeal will make a comeback.
Spend a minute asking the Lord to show you where and who you can serve. You may have to get a little creative during this time but don’t let that stop you.