Enthusiastic Response

Don't just pretend that you love others; really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always. When God's children are in need, you be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. Romans 12: 9-13 (TLB)

A young family walked to the chancel for an infant baptism as Jim Bell's congregation waited expectantly. Two parents, their infant son, and their four-year-old daughter, Sydney, gathered around the baptismal font. Jim asked the parents numerous questions of commitment during the baptismal vows. Each time they replied, "We do." After every response, Sydney exclaimed, "Me too!"

The congregation was surprised and delighted by her eagerness. Sydney's obvious enthusiasm and desire to be a part of this significant occasion caused Jim to reflect later: How do I demonstrate my zeal for following Christ? How do I convey the joy and excitement that a relationship with God brings me?

In today's reading, Paul encourages the Romans to maintain their spiritual fervor and to serve the Lord. God invites us to experience the adventure of living for Christ every day. May we respond with gratitude, dedication, and zeal.

Jim Bell is from North Carolina.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for those who enthusiastically show their devotion to you. Help us to be more like Sydney and exclaim, "Me too!" In Jesus' name, amen.

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