Fervent in Spirit
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).
This verse gives great insight into how we are supposed to serve the Lord. We are commanded to serve the Lord, but we are also commanded to be fervent in spirit while we are serving the Lord. Some may be content to serve the Lord and have a bad attitude about it. However, the command in this verse is that we have great emotion and zeal in our service for Christ.
The word fervent actually means to be hot. It has the idea of an object boiling or glowing because of the intense heat. Wouldn’t it be great if our churches were filled with Christians who were on fire for God? The church of Laodicea was rebuked because they were lukewarm; they weren’t hot or cold.
Perhaps one of the greatest needs in our churches, schools, youth groups, homes, and hearts is fervency.
What does fervency accomplish?
1) Fervency produces results.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
How is your prayer life? We ought to be faithful in our prayers, and we also ought to be fervent in our prayers. When was the last time that you wept over your prayer list?
Elijah was able to pray and hold back the rain for 3 ½ years. He was able to pray and bring the rain after the drought. Elijah prayed down fire from heaven with a 63-word prayer. How was this possible? Elijah prayed earnestly. His fervent prayer produced some amazing results.
2) Fervency gives boldness and power.
In Acts 18:25-28, we find an amazing account of Apollos. The Bible says that he taught and preached boldly and mightily. How could Apollos have such boldness and power in his teaching and preaching? He was passionate about what he had to say. He was “fired up” about the great truths of God’s Word.
Have you ever noticed that it is hard to get others excited about something if you are not excited about it? On the other hand, you can excite others just by being excited yourself.
- Are you fervent in preaching?
- Are you fervent in teaching your Sunday school class?
- Are you fervent in teaching your Christian school class?
- Are you fervent on your bus route?
- Are you fervent in your soul winning?
3) Fervency brings rejoicing to God’s people.
In II Corinthians 7:6-8, the Apostle Paul reveals that the fervency of God’s people caused him to rejoice. What a thrill it must be for a pastor to know that his people have a great care and concern for the ministry! What a blessing for a pastor to know that his people love and appreciate him!
Your fervency brings rejoicing to those around you. It is amazing to think that the believers in Corinth were responsible for encouraging the greatest missionary that has ever lived – the Apostle Paul. How did they accomplish this great feat? They did it by being fervent and expressive towards the man of God.
4) Fervency makes up for other shortcomings.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:8).
You may not be the most talented, most educated, or most qualified, but you can still be fervent. According to God’s Word, this will make up for other shortcomings. I have seen this evidenced in churches, in classrooms, on bus routes, and in just about every area of the ministry. Talent is great. Education and qualification are wonderful. However, fervency can make a huge difference in your life and ministry. This truth goes right along with Jude 22. This verse states that compassion is what really makes a difference.
5) Fervency brings about a real and genuine love.
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (I Peter 1:22).
The word unfeigned means sincere. If we are going to love one another like we should, we must love sincerely and fervently. This world needs to see people that have real, genuine love for God and for one another. Jesus summed up the commandments by saying that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves.
What about you? Are you fervent in spirit?
- Do you have a song in your heart?
- Do you have a smile on your face?
- Do you have a spring in your step?
- Do you have a shout within your soul?
- Why should we be fervent?
In John 5:35, we find that John the Baptist was “a burning and a shining light.”