|“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”|
What generates enthusiasm in the very core of your being?
Is it watching the way your children are growing up into responsible adults? Is it a hockey game, basketball tourney, Super Bowl game, NASCAR race, boxing match, soccer game, horse race, baseball game, lacrosse tournament, or some other sporting event? Is it completing a project like that quilt you've been working on for weeks?
Is it doing a good job at work? Learning a new skill or a new language? Is it perfecting a new procedure? Writing some new software code? Solving a tricky problem?
Maybe its traveling to some locale on your bucket list? Perhaps it’s a visit with your grandchildren, or nieces and nephews, or your parents or siblings?
Most everyone of us has something that fires up our enthusiasm into what the Bible calls “zeal.”
For the Apostle Paul, and for countless believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is unfettered devotion to God that ignites their enthusiasm.
Here's how Paul put it when he wrote to the Christians in the church at Rome in Romans 12:9-13:
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
As you consider this day, examine your own enthusiasm for obedience to God'’ will and His Word. Does your enthusiasm burst into genuine zeal? I surely hope that it does.