Enthusiasm For The Lord
Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
The Lord is worth being enthusiastic about. I often doubt that people who say they are Christians but have no enthusiasm for the Lord are genuine Christians. I am not nearly as doubtful about a new Christian as one who claims to have been a Christian for a long time. The longer one is a Christian the more he should have learned about our wonderful Lord and the more enthusiastic he should be. The terms boring, half-hearted, luke-warm or lazy certainly do not belong in our relationship with the Lord or with loving, worshipping or serving Him. Christians with those attitudes need to repent of them and study the Bible more.
The better a Christian knows the Lord the more zealous, fervent, diligent, and energetic he will be for the Lord. Sometimes we fundamentalists are too reserved. Sometimes we are that way because we don*t want to emulate unbiblical televangelists or others who are enthusiastic about unbiblical things. We have more truth and more important truth to be enthusiastic about than they do. We are far more blessed by enthusiastic servants of God than those that are luke warm.
Definitions: ZEAL: Heat, ardor, jealousy, emulation, envy, have warmth of feeling, be jealous over. FERVENCY: To boil, burn, stretched out, intent, to be hot, to strive or struggle, to agonize, earnestness, without ceasing. DILIGENT: With care, with speed, watchful, scrupulous, earnestly, early, with haste, industrious, exacting, endeavoring, studiously, with labor, with love. VIRTUE: Manly power, valor, efficacy, excellence, mighty work, miracle, miraculous energy or influence, dunamis, (dynamite) inherent power, divine energy, moral goodness, moral excellence, praiseworthiness, strength, force.
Luke 6:19: And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Revelation 3:19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Romans 12:11: Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
1 Peter 4:8: And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
2 Corinthians 8:22: And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.
2 Peter 3:14: Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2 Peter 1:5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
Revelation 3:16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.