Serve the Lord with Zeal

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

February 6 – Serve the Lord with Zeal

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord."  Romans 12:11

Apply God’s Word to your life.

This week, we are going to be making commitments, laying plans for action, and taking action.

We often lose our spiritual fervor for serving when we’ve neglected our personal time alone with God.  When we spend time with God, His Word continually renews our minds and our hearts.  Joy, zeal and fervor result from having spent time with God. 

Evaluate your serving. 

Are you going through the motions?  Complaining?  Slacking off?  Is it a heart problem?  What will you do about it?  When? 

Are you excited about serving the Lord?  If so, I just want you to know that your excitement is contagious and ministers to the rest of us.

Father, help me to continue to give You all that I am and all that I have.  Help me to spend time with You every day so that I am excited about the things of God.  I confess that when I don’t read my Bible or make it to church, I lose my focus and my heart is affected.  God, I want to serve You with zeal and spiritual fervor.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."  Acts 2:28

"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones."  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

"Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord."  Proverbs 23:17

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous."  Psalm 19:7-9

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped."  Psalm 28:7

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."  Psalm 51:10

"May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17


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