Aug 31, 2022
Are there times when you just go through the motions?
Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me
again today on the Follower of One podcast. This is episode 750 for
us. So thank you for this little milestone. I'm grateful for you
listening to our podcast. We're in a series on Romans 12:10-15, and
today I'm going to read from the New American Standard. I'm going
to read Romans 12:11: "Not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in
spirit, serving the Lord."
There are different words used in different translations for this
passage. In the Christian Standard Bible it says, "Do not lack
diligence in zeal. Be fervent in the spirit, serve the Lord." What
we're hearing from Paul here is we shouldn't be bringing up the
rear. There are times when I'm tempted to go through the motions
and just check the boxes, just do the things that are asked of me.
But I believe as Christians, what Paul's saying here is we are
called to be people who go the extra mile by default.
We're people who come and bring extra energy. And we do things that
we do every day with intentionality and with purpose, not lagging
behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Similar
to Colossians 3:23 we're being challenged here to remember that
everything that we do is done for the Lord.
Therefore let's do it with energy, with zeal, as some of the
translations say. Never lag in zeal, the Amplified Bible says. Our
earnest effort, our intentional purpose is to do our best. So today
let's check ourselves. Can we examine the things that we're going
through the motions about and ask God, "Is there a way where we can
find new energy?" God can give us the energy to do even menial jobs
with power and love and energy. He can energize us to bring our
best effort simply because we serve the Lord.
Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, do your work hardily as for
the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you'll
receive the reward of the inheritance.
It's the Lord Christ whom you serve." We serve Jesus. So whatever
we're doing today, let's do it with diligence, with energy and with
intention and purpose. The way that we do our job matters. So bring
energy and passion and zeal to everything you do. That's our
challenge. We don't lag in diligence. Today when you go into your
workplace, ask God to show you where you can be more diligent,
where you can bring more energy and where you can deliver excellent
That's one of our reminders from the Marketplace Mission Trip. We
want to challenge ourselves to do the best job possible because
everything that we do reflects the one to whom we serve and we
serve the Lord Jesus Christ. And so when we do that well, it
reflects on our kingdom and it reflects on our faith. But more than
anything, Jesus uses our life to make a difference in the lives of
So today let's not lag behind in diligence. Let's bring energy and
passion and zeal to doing a great job, whatever we have to do today
that glorifies God. Thank you for being a marketplace minister.
Thank you for trying to figure out how to live your faith in such a
way that God can use you every day of the week.
He has a job and a purpose and a calling for each of us. And I'm
grateful for you addressing your daily life and looking for ways to
serve Jesus more in the lives of the people that you interact with
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