Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—
be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord!
Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble,
and devote yourselves to prayer. (Romans 12:11‑12)
The New Testament gospel accounts portray Jesus as someone full of enthusiasm, filled with the Spirit of God and driven by his Father’s will. Those committed to Christ will conduct themselves in this same way. Jesus had the Kingdom to announce, people to teach, sick to be healed, dead to raise, outcasts to restore, captives to free, and poor to dignify. There was no shortage of work.
It is the same today. Jesus calls us to follow his example and his teachings. Think of your community. If that is too broad, think of your church. What are the needs? Still too vague? Think of your home. As Mother Teresa wrote, “Bring love into your own home for this is where our love for others must start.”
Start small, in the immediacy of your life as it is today. Be filled with the Spirit. Be enthusiastic. And evidence great love.
Holy God, help me to be happy in hope, steadfast in trouble,
and devoted to prayer. Amen.