Be Fervent In Spirit: Serve The Lord

80006-4Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.(Romans 12:11).

Life does get boring sometimes. Suddenly, the things that gives us joy doesn’t anymore. The same thing can happen to a believer in the Christian walk which inadvertently affects our passion for spiritual things. Our hearts get cold. We become slothful–lazy–a state every believer must guard against. The church is one of the many means God has ordained for our growth; where our faith is sharpened and built up. When we are saved, God places us in a community of believers to be built up and to in turn build others up. The church–an assembly of the called out ones–like the human body has many parts. Each part of the human body has a part to play. The eye can’t claim superiority over the legs. Every part of the body has its specific role. No part of the body is insignificant.

In that same comparison, every believer, as a member of the body of Christ has a significant role to play. We are not independent isolated members of the body of Christ. As members of the body of Christ, we all have a part to contribute to its growth. Paul brings this point home in the earlier verses of Romans 12. In verse 4-5, he says “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another”

As members of the body, we are all endowed with gifts and abilities for the building and growth of the body of Christ. In the words of John MacArthur, “The church is a living, breathing organism that functions as life and breath on the basis of the ministry of each member to minister to the others. This is why the church is seen as a body and every one of us as a member of that body. We have a function in harmony and symphony with every other member.” We see this also further clearly spelt out in vs 6-8.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Despite these rich endowment of gifts each member of the body of Christ has, many believers sit idle without making their gifts benefit the body. They are almost non-existent though they are physically present. Why? Either they have not identified their gifts or think of themselves and their gifts as insignificant or worse still they are simply lazy. Having the knowledge we are all gifted in the body, it is mandatory we take steps to identify our gifts and be actively involved in building the body. Many are actively and passionately involved in other things apart from service to the Lord. Like the third person in the parable of the talents, many believers have buried their gifts and are making no returns on it.

Certainly when the Master returns, they will  hear Him say to them “You wicked and slothful servant!”(Matt 25:26). Not to put our gifts to the benefits of others in the body of Christ is wickedness and slothfulness–laziness.

In Revelations, Christ warns against lukewarmness. God demands of us to be fervent in service to Him. We are to present [ourselves] as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship(Rom 12:1). This imperative cannot be obeyed without making ourselves available as vessels in God’s kingdom. As living sacrifices, our fire must never go out on the altar of sacrifice. “Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out”(Leviticus 6:13).

Are you idle and uninvolved in God’s kingdom? It is time to get active. Pray that God will help you find your gift to put to use in the building of His kingdom.

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7 thoughts on “Be Fervent In Spirit: Serve The Lord

  1. Excellent article Mr. Anti. Please allow me to include encouragement. Recognizing our gifts comes with a cost. That cost is the crucified life of the believer.
    The Apostle Paul persistently taught the importance of understanding Christ crucified. When a believer begins to walk in the life crucified with Christ the same will also walk in the resurrection; In fact a life that is Christ resurrected in them.

    So many believers profess a basic faith in Jesus and then just sort of follow around with others who profess the same. It takes such a long time it seems for the apparent casual believer to arrive to the point that they may say, “I know that I know”. It is at this point that a “crucified life” changes everything.

    A Christian leader must know and understand Christ crucified.

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    • Thanks Stephen for your encouraging words. Recognising and using our gifts to build each other in the body of Christ and glorifying Christ will truly cost us. It will cost our time, comfort, ego and demands lots of humility. But knowing Christ and Him crucified, as you have pointed out is our only hope of paying the cost involved in using the gifts God has endowed us with. Bless you Stephen for your encouraging words.

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      • Mr. Anti, Yes and Amen. An encouragement to a deeper life in Christ costs us “everything”. Nothing to keep for ourselves. We go to the cross of Christ with no intention of coming back. It’s for good and for real just exactly like our own personal death. Paul said ,”I die yet I live”. This is where Christ is also resurrected. It is Jesus who is gifted with every gift imaginable. It is Jesus who walks in the Glory of God in us and through us. We can not see the risen Christ with out seeing the crucified Christ and we must be crucified with Him. This journey can be led by the Holy Spirit to the willing heart who will ask, “Lead me to the Cross of Jesus”.

        I don’t mind sending you a couple of books for you to read.

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  2. Mr. Anti, I am guessing this is your Blog. I am wondering if you can view my email address. If so you can email a mailing address to me and I’ll ship a couple of books your way. I have an order in and waiting for delivery then will ship.

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  3. ..so my guess is that you may have some discomfort in emailing a mailing address to me. With all the scammers that would be understandable and I might feel the same way. I will recommend the books to you and you can get them with your own sense of security.
    1- The Radical Cross by A W Tozer
    2- The Crucified Life by A W Tozer

    Mr. Anti please get these two books and read them.

    The Lord Bless your Journey.

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