Thursday, April 2, 2009

An Active Christian Lifestyle

In Romans 12:11, Paul says, "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." These three expressions truly seem to express an active Christian lifestyle.
1. "Never be lacking in zeal" - The NASB translates that, "Not lagging behind in diligence." In the context of the chapter, this speaks of our enthusiasm for the work of the church. Are you faithful in helping to build up the body of Christ? Laziness is a hallmark of our culture, but should not be a prime characteristic of the church.
2. "Keep your spiritual fervor" - The Greek verb literally means to boil or to be hot. Have you reached the boiling point in your eagerness to aid the body?
3. "Serving the Lord" - This is used to remind us of our relationship to Christ. We are not equals. He is Creator, we are the creature. He is the Master, we are the servants. He is the One with all authority (Matthew 28:18). God "appointed Him to be head over everything for the church" (Ephesians 1:22). This we too often forget. May we never be so active in our Christian lives that we fail to remember the One who should be guiding and directing our activities.

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