Romans 12:11 “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.” Amplified Version
Yesterday I picked up my Bible and began reading the twelth chapter of Romans. When I got to this verse, I found myself touched and energized by these words. It was a Monday morning and I knew it was going to be not only a busy day, but a busy week. Yet these words blocked all responsiblities and duties from my mind for a few moments. I think that recent events in America made these words jump off the page at me like never before.
Like I said, it was the beginning of a busy day – and week, so I haven’t gotten to spend anymore time meditating on this verse. That is why I thought I would do that with you in this post.
As a visual learner, I found this photo a great example of what being “aglow and burning with the Spirit” would look like if I could see it in the visible world. Fire is fierce and powerful, mesmorizing and beautiful as it licks up the oxygen that fuels it. When combining the two and giving it a spiritual meaning, it becomes a picture of fiercely standing for Biblical truth while serving the Lord in beautiful love. The two cannot be separated if my zeal and earnest endeavor is to be effective.
Never “lag” brings to mind one exerting energy, wearing out and slowing down. Earnest endeavors are those that require ALL of me. All my heart, soul, mind and strength. The challenge Pauls give me is to not only never lag in my earnest endeavor of sharing and showing Jehovah God – but to get brighter, hotter and more on fire as I serve the Lord. What an incredible challenge – and one that I can never do in my own strength.
As I ponder the meaning of this short verse, I am rocked by its impact on me. My understanding of my own frailness is overwhelmed by the the incredible ability of my Lord Jesus Christ. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” That is the old King James version of the verse. Most modern translations use “who” instead of “which”. I am not going to debate whether one is more right than the other – however, it is quite obvious that the phrase “I can do all things through Christ” means it is He who strengthens me. To think of the verse using “which” instead of “who” points me to the fact that because I can do all things through Christ then I am strengthened in my weakness because I understand it is all about Jesus and NOT ME!
Holy Spirit – I pray – be aglow and burning in me as I serve the Lord in Your strength. Then I will never lag in zeal and earnest endeavor fiercely standing in truth and love.