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Religion Column

January 11, 2014

Keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord

Romans 12:11 (NIV): “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

Great words to keep your spiritual batteries charged. Negligence in serving God diminishes spiritual fervor. Romans 12:11 should motivate us to not be caught sleeping our way into God’s Kingdom. There’s the assignment of sharing the gospel to carry out. 

Anything less than God-empowered lives won’t get it done. Living the Christian life to its fullest potential requires God’s help. Christ is looking for those willing to give their all without compromise in serving him. He’s looking for those who will compassionately share the salvation message without judging unbelievers or others who don’t share their same values. 

That’s not saying one should accept any and all lifestyles that God has called sin, but it’s about treating fellow human beings with respect where it’s deserved, as well as non-judgmental, unconditional love, and accepting everyone regardless of their lifestyle, politics or beliefs.

Christ is looking for those who will take an unwavering stand against evil. “Be strong in the Lord and … His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV). That challenge is severely tested as forces work to bring the Church in line with worldly values. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities; … powers; … rulers of the darkness of this world; (and) …spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).

While there’s much good in these exciting times of technological advances, and America enjoys opportunity and freedom, these are also troubled and evil times. Satan is on the attack to destroy lives; to weaken our nation through compromise of biblical moral values; to discourage those already hurting; to destroy God’s design for marriage and family; to turn hearts away from God; and to attack Christ’s church. Many people of faith who stand up for their beliefs are often said to “be on the wrong side of history” or “intolerant,” but truth be told it ultimately matters more how we’re judged by God than how world history judges us. The label “intolerant” is more applicable to those who have no room in their own hearts to express tolerance of other’s rights to express their beliefs. 

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