Living Sacrifice 17

This post is Day 17 in a series of studies about “A Living Sacrifice”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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A Living Sacrifice – Day 17

Romans 12:11

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.

The Thought

Think about the Christians you know and ask yourself if they are renowned for their zeal and spiritual fervour.

Zeal for God’s house was one of the characteristics of Jesus. In John’s gospel we read of Him going to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. There He became very angry about the people there exchanging currencies and selling animals for sacrifices. He was so zealous for His Father’s house, which should be a House of Prayer (Isaiah 56:7) that He made a whip and drove them out of the temple (John 2:13-17).

King David had the same passion for God’s house (Psalm 69:9).

Today we are understanding more about each Christian being a dwelling place for God once we have been filled with His Holy Spirit, and that we carry His presence everywhere we go.

We serve Him and become living sacrifices as we let that spiritual force show through our hard exteriors.

Many of us are not called to be street corner evangelists letting the whole world hear of our spiritual fervour. But we are all called to be good witnesses to those around us. We do that in the things we share. The way we react to decisions at work. The way we keep a look out for other people looking as though they have a problem or appearing depressed. What we notice in others reveals our caring natures.


Ask yourself today just how much you allow that Spirit within you to show through so that others people can feel it.

If necessary, make a decision to have a more caring attitude to others you meet today.

Pray for more “spiritual fervour” for you and for other Christians that you know.

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