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Zeal for God

May 2014 | by Kasey Carter

Complacency is an enemy that can attack any one of us in our Christian faith and hamper a fulfilling relationship with God.

Merriam-Webster defines complacency as ‘a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to make them better’.

Though many of us may acknowledge God on a daily basis, this can be done without strong conviction. But the Bible says, ‘Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord’ (Romans 12:11).

Stagnation 

Our faith should be seen as real commitment. We must avoid the pitfall of ‘convenient faith’. Algae, bacteria and parasites are more abundant in water that is stagnant, making it unhealthy to drink. In the same way, if we allow our faith to be debilitated by stagnation, we will fail to serve God properly.

There should be a daily commitment to God through our words and actions. Undoubtedly, this commitment can be daunting at times. Many of us get busy with work, school and family; and obstacles in our daily lives can easily take our focus off God.

When we are going through our daily routines, is God the central focus? Are we thinking about how we can better serve him in our workplace or school, or in our relationships with others? ‘Fear the Lord your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name’ (Deuteronomy 10:20).

Time

In order to maintain a strong marriage or friendship, time must be unselfishly given to others. Time is one of the most precious gifts that we have. Consequently, we allocate time on a daily basis to what we feel is most significant.

If we evaluate the amount of time we apportion to seeking God, are we truly seeking his will and truly committed to him? One of the best ways to live fervently for God is to have a daily ‘quiet time’ with him in his Word and to pray. It is so easy to get off course and choose to ‘skip’ God for the day. However, this mistake could tragically turn into a habit.

When we correctly prioritise our lives, God should be at the top of the list. It is paramount to stay enthusiastic for him, despite the surrounding stressors.

Choose to depend on God fully and earnestly seek him on a daily basis. ‘You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you’ (Psalm 118:28).

By being disciplined and diligent in our pursuit for God, we will avoid the stigma of stagnation in our faith.

Kasey M. Carter

Author of Forever Altered, Yet Unbroken and Faithful Crushers Series