When you fellowship with God and walk in obedience to Him, it will be evident to all!
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothflul in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Romans 12:10-11.
I want you to notice the expression in the verse above that says, “fervent in spirit.” I looked up several translations, and one of them says, “Be glowing in spirit.” The Weymouth translation says, “Have the spirits aglow.” And the Moffatt’s translation tells us to “Maintain the glow.” God want His people to maintain the glow.
In our text, Paul is writing to the saints at Rome and all those who are called to be saints where ever they may be. He is encouraging them to be doers of the Word of God - not out of duty, but prompted by the Spirit. What did Paul mean when he said, “Maintain the glow”? The Goodspeed translation says, “Be on fire with the Spirit.” In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul tells us how to maintain the glow.
EPHESIANS 5:18, 19
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.
When Paul wrote to the saints at Rome, he said, “Be fervent in spirit” or “Be on fervent in Spirit” (Romans 12:11). And he told the Church at Ephesus to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). Then Paul told them in Ephesians 5:19 how to be filled with the Holy Spirit; he told them how to maintain the glow. We understand that this experience must be recognizable or we know whether or not someone is maintaining the glow. Notice what the text said: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be FILLED (or be being filled) with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms (vv 18, 19). I’m not a singer as far as many people is concerned, but I sing anyhow, then I speak psalms and then I would start singing hymns. Amen. Every day l make it a point to sing spiritual songs and hymns, and read from the book of Psalms.
Speaking to yourself in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and making melody in your heart to the Lord, are the characteristics of a Spirit-filled life. The Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34; Luke 6:45). If you really have a song in your heart, it will be so over flowing that you just can’t help but speak it out of your mouth.
So, go ahead, listen to your heart, God has placed a hymn or spiritual song in your heart for you to sing it out and be blessed
Word for Today: "Something Larger"
History has consistently shown that people are hungry to live their lives for something larger than themselves. In fact, the need for a higher purpose is so basic to the Human soul, the Bible says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Numerous studies have shown that people will work harder, longer and better when they understand the significance of their individual contribution to Something Larger.