Serve the Lord

by John Cortright

Romans 12:11
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

1. not lagging behind in diligence
2. fervent in spirit
3. serve the Lord

Not lagging behind in diligence
“Not lagging behind” = “Do not be slothful” (ESV), “not procrastinating” (NEV).
This word is translated as “lazy” in Matthew
25:26. This is in reference to the one who had only received one talent and hid it in the ground.

Be diligent; especially those who lead (verse 8, 1 Thess. 5:12).
Hebrews
6:10-12
2 Peter 1:3-10

Be fervent in spirit
Fervent in spirit
“humble in spirit” = humble
“patient in spirit” = patient
“proud in spirit” = proud

Fervent means to be eager, zealous, enthusiastic, passionate.
Online Bible Greek Lexicon says this word can be used to boil water. Be hot.
Revelation
3:14-19
Don’t be lukewarm. Be fervent!

Serving the Lord
“Serving” is the GK word douleuo
To be a slave, to serve, provide service. To be obedient and submit to your master
Ephesians 6:5-8
Colossians
3:22-24

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