The time is short. How much time do you need by yourself? Separate your worries from your concerns. Very rightly does the apostle premise fervency in spirit to serving the Lord; for without the Spirit of God there is no true worshipping and serving of him, and which ought to be done with fervency as well as with constancy. One of the things I often write is, “Enjoy God today.” You might do the same. As born again believers, we all have the Holy Spirit living inside, however we can choose the degree to which we flow in Him. 16. We are to do all the good we can, one to another, and for the common benefit. Romans 12:11 (HNV) If you are not fervent in spirit, you may belong to some religious system which from the outside looks active and strong and ancient. Be thoroughly warm-hearted, the Lord's own servants. We have the Holy Spirit as our guide in life and God has promised us that he will never leave us ( John 14:16-18 ). The solution is full engagement: work hard when you work and rest hard when you rest. 8. not slothful in business; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; Romans 12:11 (TMBA) . These three closely connected clauses occur, as you all know, in the midst of that outline of the Christian life with which the Apostle begins the practical part of this Epistle. But as we must not be proud of our talents, so we must take heed lest, under a pretence of humility and self-denial, we are slothful in laying out ourselves for the good of others. Such then is the great general duty of the redeemed--SELF-CONSECRATION, in our whole spirit and soul and body to Him who hath called us into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ. not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; not slothful in earnest care, but fervent in the Spirit, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. This article is the contents of an address first given in February 2020 at the Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK. The church desperately needs people of joy and zeal. If you are willing to be the least, you will be the greatest. There comes a time to be still and know that God is God. All our duty towards one another is summed up in one word, love. * * * LIVING in the world. Then said Christian, What means this? B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth, Another Triplet of Graces'Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.' He climbs the steps and proclaims to the Greeks who that unknown God is. I still have much to learn. It is one of the most important longings we could have. Go to. Καιρῳ, the time, is not found in the two original editions; that of Complutum, in 1514, which is the first edition of the Greek Testament ever printed; and that of Erasmus, in 1516, which is the first edition published; the former having been suppressed for several years after it was finished at the press. They too must be addressed in the same way today. Is it ultimately for yourself or is the Holy Spirit leading you? Our lives are all a pruning away what is inessential and a search for the simple things of the gospel. This text is easily understood; there are no complicated words; the structure is obvious. Talk to him about moderation in all things. It is a lie. Don't hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! The Spirit at work in us is the powerhouse, generating the glow in both body and soul, that we can be zealous to do the work of the Lord in the world – ‘among whom you shine as lights in the world.’. Serving - Regarding yourselves as the servants of the Lord. Never let the fire in your heart go out. to every man that is among you, not to think, &c.--It is impossible to convey in good English the emphatic play, so to speak, which each word here has upon another: "not to be high-minded above what he ought to be minded, but so to be minded as to be sober-minded" [CALVIN, ALFORD]. Men and women, there are so many today who are not behind steel bars, but who are prisoners of wrong habits, wrong thinking, who are captivated and led astray by the evil one. in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Romans 12:11 (BBE) ‘How am I still trusting in Christ?’ you ask yourself. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. And how "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners," will the Church become, when at length instinct with this Spirit! Nothing diverts his eye from that task; nothing slackens his speed by day or night. But as manuscript authority is decidedly against it, so is internal evidence; and comparatively few favor it. what is that--"the" good and acceptable--"well-pleasing" and perfect, will of God--We prefer this rendering (with CALVIN) to that which many able critics [THOLUCK, MEYER, DE WETTE, FRITZSCHE, PHILIPPI, ALFORD, HODGE] adopt--"that ye may prove," or "discern the will of God, [even] what is good, and acceptable, and perfect." (Romans 12:11) At a time when we often make New Year’s resolutions, what greater resolution than to acquire or rekindle our zeal for God and our spiritual fervor in serving the Lord. No! If you can get better preaching elsewhere why stay here? Again, day after day, you are to deny yourself, offer up yourself, and give yourself. We are not speaking of making money to a miser. We want to give ourselves to God, but not fully. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Let Him encourage and build you up so that your zeal will always be for the Lord. Next follow specific duties, chiefly social; beginning with Humility, the chiefest of all the graces--but here with special reference to spiritual gifts. Verses 3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. in the diligence not slothful; in the spirit fervent; the Lord serving; Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. There is nothing narrow or limited about the good news of salvation. But how emphatically expressed is the injunction to let nothing on our part prevent it! Romans 12:21 confirms this. Nor is the sense which it yields a very Christian one. 16 (R.V.). People who are obedient to the command of a holy God to, “never be lacking in zeal.” (Romans 12:11) Serving the Lord; some copies read, "serving time": the likeness of the words, καιρος and κυριος, especially in an abbreviation, may have occasioned this different reading; which should it be followed, is not to be understood in an ill sense, of temporizing, or time serving, of men's accommodating themselves, their sentiments and conduct, according to the times in which they live, in order to escape reproach and persecution; but of redeeming the time, improving every season to do good, and taking every opportunity of serving God. Romans 12:11 (DBY) of Revelation 3:15,16 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot... 1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free... Ephesians 6:5-8 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart... Colossians 3:22-24 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart... Colossians 4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.