enthusiasm

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” (Colossians 3:23, NIV)

What is your passion? What gets you excited? Forgive the double-negative, but what is it in life that you can’t not do? God made you with certain talents, skills, and interests that he wants you to use to help promote his good news of forgiveness and life transformation. When you use your life, and work for God with all your heart, people take notice. This is exactly how God wants it: work for him, and allow others to take notice of what makes you different, pointing people back to God.

This makes me think of the word, enthusiasm. Enthusiasm in the original Greek means, entheos, which is directly translated as, “the God within.” Pretty cool, huh? God gives you enthusiasm which reflects his nature and image with the purpose of connecting you with him and others. The things about which you show enthusiasm might not necessarily seem connected to God, but they are a way for you to connect with the God within, build relationships with others, and lead you to a divine experience of community.

Where do you experience enthusiasm? Think about “God within,” and look for opportunities to connect with other people to experience the “God within” them, too.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of enthusiasm, which I see is you in me. Help me to share that enthusiasm openly so I can connect with you and others for the sake of sharing in your good news of salvation so we all can be part of your forever family. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.