2021.04.13 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, April 13, 2021 comes to us from Jim Bell of North Carolina
Romans 12:9-13 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
A young family walked to the chancel for an infant baptism as our congregation waited expectantly. Two parents, their infant son, and their four-year-old daughter, Sydney, gathered around the baptismal font. I 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 me 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.
Prayer Focus: Older Siblings
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for those who enthusiastically show their devotion to you. We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9-13, NIV) Amen.
Thought for the Day: When my zeal is lacking, God can use others to encourage me.
Jim Bell’s story about Sydney made me smile a lot. Can’t you just imagine the energy of a child who is so enthusiastic? As I think about Sydney, I find myself resolving to be more enthusiastic about my faith and our congregation. Hopefully, that enthusiasm will touch others in a way that shares the love of God through Jesus Christ.
How could each of us express our enthusiasm in Christ, so that others can experience the unconditional love that God offers to us?