Every Day is SERVE DAY

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” — Billy Graham
 
Romans 12:9-17 ESV - Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
 
The enemy of spiritual apathy must be replaced with the ally of spiritual zeal.  Whenever Christians are given over to apathy, indifference, carelessness, and laziness, we need to break free from these deadly mindsets.  A Biblical prescription for these “Christian blues” is an intentional commitment to serving others.  Apathy is ultimately inward-focused while zeal is ultimately outward-focused.  
 
In Romans 12:11, Christians are commanded to avoid laziness in terms of our zeal - our spiritual passion, enthusiasm, and energy.  Diligence and fervency are New Testament hallmarks.  The key to zeal includes faithfully serving the Lord.  The Church is Christ’s body; therefore, serving meaningfully and faithfully in the context of the church is one main way to develop or recapture spiritual zeal.  We are made different by Christ to make a difference in Christ, with Christ, for Christ.  God designed us for a purpose so we can do jobs that make an eternal difference in the lives of others.  In Christ, our actions have meaning when fulfilling God’s purposes.
 
Today's church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”  — Leonard Ravenhill
 
Genuine love hates evil and clings to goodness.  Love for other Christians seeks to outdo one another in showing honor.  Likewise serving the Lord in a way that demonstrates passion and zeal will seek to embrace certain mindsets and activities:
 
SERVING THE LORD: 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in problems, consistently pray, be generous with money and hospitality, do good to those who wrong you, show empathy, pursue church unity, live humbly, befriend those “beneath you”, don’t be a know-it-all, don’t avenge yourself, be thoughtful and honorable in all relationships.
 
What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything.” — D.L. Moody
 
In what area(s) do you see the greatest opportunity for personal improvement in your serving God?  How might you direct your prayers in a way that aligns with Romans 12?  How will you be intentional about the next steps of serving others and renewing spiritual zeal today?  
 
Tomorrow is the devil's day, but today is God's. Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are, or how holy your resolutions, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow.” — J.C. Ryle