BE FERVENT

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“In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was Your good pleasure.” – Luke 10:21 HCSB

The word of God teaches us to be fervent in our devotion to God. Half-hearted efforts are not encouraged at all. We must be so fervent in our devotion that it is discernible by others.

Jesus’ fervour in devotion was so discernible that the writers of the gospel couldn’t help but report about it. Let’s examine some aspects of His fervency.

In Matthew 7:28-29, it was reported that Jesus taught with so much authority that His listeners were astonished. His devotion was marked with fervour, ardour and vigour.

Jesus was 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.

He was fervent in prayers. Luke 22:44 (HCSB) reports how Jesus prayed before His crucifixion: “Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

Indeed, our Lord Jesus Christ was fervent in His devotion.

His disciples borrowed a leaf from His book. They preached and evangelised 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.”- Acts 4:13

Numerous examples concerning the fervency of the disciples can be found in the book of Acts. Do well to study and take notes.

Paul is 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 individuals as an example today 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 fervent in devotion.

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