Zeal for the Lord

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11).

Most of us can recall going to school and enjoying some classes while dreading others. Some might have done well in Math, but struggled with English or History. We looked forward to the classes that we exceled in, but dragged our feet going to classes we despised or found difficult. But once we learned to enjoy those difficult classes, we did better.

If we love God, we should enjoy our service to Him. Jesus Himself said His burden was light (see Matthew 11:28-30). Yet often we agree to serve reluctantly and only when pressured. When we feel this way, we need to remember who we serve.

Romans 12:1-2 reminds us of a valuable principle:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

When we present our bodies to Christ in service, we worship Him. When we love God, we will spare no sacrifice to do those things that please Him and help others. We cannot do everything, but we can all do something. If we do it as unto the Lord, it will not seem too much of a burden.

How to increase our zeal for the Lord

1. Pray for God’s leading. If God commanded us to serve Him, He will lead us where to serve. Once we find that place, we can count on God’s strength and blessing to sustain us.

2. Ask God to renew your zeal. It’s quite easy to just quit and walk away from a ministry. Make sure God is leading you to another before pulling up stakes and going elsewhere. Often people want to leave because they no longer serve with zeal. Ask God for renewal of that first love, and He will restore the joy and renew the zeal.

3. Stay in touch with God. No one can simply give and not receive. We need to make sure that we spend time in prayer, Bible study, and attending worship services. Otherwise, we will grow thin spiritually. Stay close to God and your zeal will not wear out.

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