Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.~ Romans 12:9-13
Paul is giving us a list of how we should live. “Do not be slothful in zeal” jumps out at me. We cannot be passive about this; it could be easy to lose our zeal, still going through the motions without ardor, fervency, passion, intensity. In Revelation, Jesus told the church at Laodicea that because it was lukewarm, He would spew it out of His mouth! That dramatically shows how important zeal is.
Lord God, never let me become lukewarm. Fill me with zeal for You and Your Word. I don’t want to go through the motions without enthusiasm; I want to serve You with passion, with fervency. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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