Not Slothful in Business; Fervent in Spirit

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord (Romans 12:11).

T he Apostle Paul, in our opening verse, admonishes the Church on the right and proper attitude to maintain in serving the Lord. He says, “Don’t be slothful in business,” meaning that you shouldn’t lag in zeal, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. The word “fervent” as used in this context is translated from the Greek “zeó,” which means to boil with heat for liquids, and to glow with heat for solids. That means there’s a boiling in your spirit with the Word of God, and a glow on the outside. That means you’re on fire for God.

Clearly, God wants you to be zealous in the Church. He doesn’t want you to be lukewarm or complacent. Some people are that way; they’re neither here nor there, and God doesn’t like it. His Word shows us His disposition towards spiritual lethargy and complacency. In Revelation 3:15-16, He said to the church at Laodicea, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

Be zealous about the things of God. Don’t just be satisfied to go to church once a week; get vitally involved in your local assembly. Be active in soul winning and other evangelical activities in your church. Be zealous for good works (Titus 2:14). Take up a responsibility in the house of God. Do something. Don’t wait until the pastor gives you an assignment.

The Pastor may give you an assignment, but there’re not enough assignments inside the building to give everyone. There’re however, more than enough assignments outside in winning people, in encouraging and bringing them to church. That’s a lot of work, and a blessed opportunity for you to be an ambassador, both of Christ and of the Church.

It’s important that you work as a soul winner; be zealous to touch the lives of others with the Gospel, and take them with you to church.


I’m steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that my labour isn’t in vain in the Lord. My passion for the Lord, and the things of the Spirit are fueled continually by the Holy Ghost. I’m an ambassador for Christ and of the Church, zealous in turning many to righteousness. Hallelujah.




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