"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord" (Romans 12:11).
When the apostle Paul tells us "do not be slothful in zeal," he is encouraging us to be filled with zeal ... to be zealous in our faith and allegiance to Jesus Christ. But what is zeal? To answer this question, consider these words from the pen of J. I. Packer who has a great insight into the nature of zeal:
"Are you clear what zeal is? It is not fanaticism; it is not wildness,; it is not irresponsible enthusiasm; it is not any form of posh egoism. It is, rather, a humble, reverent, businesslike, single-minded commitment to the hallowing of God's name and the doing of his will"
(J. I. Packer, A Passion for Faithfulness).
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