Serving Christ must arise from the zeal of our hearts. Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to present our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord because of His mercies to us. The sacrifice of Christ’s cross should propel us to sacrifice ourselves to do His will. Paul says shortly after that verse that this living sacrifice takes shape according to a believer’s particular gifts (vv. 3–8).
Later in the same chapter, the apostle also warns us against laziness in serving the Lord (v. 11). We must be fervent in our service to Him. Fervent literally means “burning hot,” like water heated to boiling or metal heated to the point of glowing. Are you burning hot for the Lord? If you are zealous, you don’t need a title or personal invitation to serve at a meeting or in a ministry. This does not mean you should thrust yourself into positions of leadership or teaching. Rather, simply be zealous to serve others, not to draw attention to yourself. Offer to happily take on the difficult and mundane jobs of the church for Jesus Christ’s sake.
Beauty and Glory of Christ’s Bride
Joel R. Beeke