Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit. Romans 12:11
To be “slothful in zeal” is to be lethargic, low energy, jaded, run down, weary, apathetic, dull, sluggish, lacking enthusiasm, half-hearted, lazy. It is to be lifeless, listless, lacking in purpose, no longer really to care. The best way to say this is: Don’t be in a funk!
To be “fervent in spirit” is the opposite. The word fervent literally means “on the boil.” It is to be passionate, engaged, committed, active, energetic, motivated. We might say: Don’t be in a funk. But keep yourself on the boil, serving the Lord.
Surely the point is that when days get darker, the great temptation for each of us is to become a half-hearted Christian. The temptation is to follow Christ at a distance, to keep your head down, to keep your faith private, and to keep your engagement at arm’s length.
It is hard to run fast when the wind is in your face. It is hard to make progress when you are swimming against the tide. So when evil is on the rise, it is easy to become jaded. You begin to wonder, “What is the point?” It is easy to feel that being “all-in” and “sold-out” for Jesus Christ just isn’t worth it. That’s why we need to hear God’s Word to us today.
Did you need to hear this wakeup call today? Why or why not?