“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12
The word of God teaches us to be fervent in our devotion to God. It must be done with the whole of our being. We must be so fervent in our devotion that it is discernible by others.
Paul explains it thus – “not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;” – Romans 12:11
Jesus’ fervour in devotion was so discernible that the writers of the Gospel couldn’t help but report about it. Let’s examine some aspect of His fervency.
In Matthew 7:28-29, it was reported that Jesus taught with so much authority that His listeners were astonished. Hence, He preached with fervour.
He was fervent in prayers. Luke 22:24 reports how Jesus prayed before His crucifixion – “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Indeed, our Lord Jesus Christ was fervent in His devotion.
His disciples also borrowed a leaf from His book. They preached and evangelized with so much fervour that the government and people of their age couldn’t help but notice them.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
Numerous examples concerning the fervency of the disciples can be found in the book of Acts.
Jesus was also fervent in praise. Luke 10:21 reports that He “rejoiced in the Spirit”. The word “rejoice” is “agalliao” in Greek which means to “jump for joy”. Certainly, there’s nothing apathetic about this sort of display.
Paul is also a good case in point. His fervour is discernible in how he preached the gospel all over the then Gentile world.
He was also fervent in prayers (1 Corinthians 14:18) and in his love for the brethren (2 Corinthians 2:4).
We have these as examples so that we can learn from them. Let your fervour be discernible – not for the purpose of playing to the gallery but to point men in the right direction. Be an example!