Sunday, January 9, 2011
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor: be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
This verse instructs us to be aglow and burn with the Spirit as we serve the Lord. In order to do this, we have to stay "on fire". How do we stay "on fire?" I have discovered that the Word of God coming out of my own mouth in the form of prayer, praise or confession is the best way I can fan the fire. It stirs up the gift within me, keeps the fire aflame, and prevents my spirit from sinking within me. Staying thankful also keeps me enthusiastic.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the place of the dead), where you are going.
Ecclesiastes tells us to stay active, there is no point in putting things off to do later. That is an expression of passitivity and it is one of the greatest tools Satan uses against God's people. The more passive we are, the more our flames diminish.
Procrastination and laziness are cousins of passitivity, and they usually all attack in a group. Passive people wait to be moved by an outside force before they take action. But we are to be motivated and led by the Holy Spirit within us, not by outside forces. The best way to be on guard against the spirit of passitivity is to do what we need to do now, and do it with all our might.
So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.
I Corinthians 10:31
Everything we do is to be done unto the Lord and for His glory. We should do it through Him, to Him, for Him, by Him, and with Him. And we should do it willingly, with our whole hearts stirred up and "on fire" within us.