"How Can You Maintain Your Enthusiasm?"
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 11 – 12 NIV
If you want to achieve goals in life, you have to figure out how to maintain your enthusiasm over the long haul. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great is ever accomplished without enthusiasm.”
One of my joys is serving the Lord. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I couldn’t have done it unless I was enthusiastic about it. Serving the Lord without joy would certainly convey a different message. Another word for enthusiasm is passion. I am passionate about leading people to Jesus.
What about you? Are you enthusiastic and passionate about Jesus? More importantly, I hope your enthusiasm will lead you to many years of service to God. So how do you remain enthusiastic about Jesus throughout your life?
You’re going to face delays, difficulties and dead-ends; there will be problems, pressures and criticism. They’re all part of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus warned us of that.
The way you stay enthusiastic for a lifetime is found in the very word “enthusiasm.” It comes from two Greek words “en theos.” The Greek words mean that we are “in God.” When you get “in God,” you are enthusiastic.
That kind of enthusiasm is not affected by the economy, weather or circumstances. It’s eternal because you are tied to the eternal God. You are “in Christ.” If you want to reach your goals this year, you need to get God’s power for being joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.
It’s interesting that this devotion is on St. Barnabas Day. He was known as the “encourager.” I imagine it came from his enthusiasm.
Peace in the Lord,