Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Romans 12:11 KJV

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Fervent

Parks Canada has placed a plaque on the site of the former Maple Leaf Garden, that reads “Here, at Maple Leaf Gardens, Game Two of this unprecedented eight-game hockey series was played on September 4, 1972. Marking the first encounter between top Canadian professional players and the Soviet Union’s national team, the series aroused fervent passions in both countries as these two rivals, representing different styles of play, clashed on the ice. Millions of Canadians were riveted to their televisions, coming together to cheer for their team.”

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John Wesley once said, “Get on fire for God and people will come to watch you burn.” The Bible encourages God’s people to serve the Lord with full commitment. Too many immature followers of Christ try to keep a foot in both worlds – walking with Jesus but looking an awful lot like those who are not followers of Jesus. If you are a follower of Jesus, commit your life fully to Him and live according to Biblical and Kingdom of God principles. The apostle Paul puts it simply and succinctly in Romans 12:11: “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” I love the word fervent here. The dictionary definition of fervent is “having or displaying a passionate intensity.” The word comes from a root word that means hot, burning, or glowing. So, Paul is calling followers of Jesus to burn hot for Jesus. That comes as we regularly commit our lives to Him, fully determined to doing whatever He calls us to do that day. It comes as we keep our eyes on the prize – eternal life. It comes as we stay in His Word and invite the Holy Spirit to fill us daily.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley