Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State.
“Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:6 NKJV
Imagine that you wake up one night and discover that your security guard is fast asleep and even snoring: you will be disappointed, right? Yes, because he’s supposed to be alert, especially at such times of the day.
Sleep, in the scripture above, refers to spiritual indifference; it also refers to a state of unconsciousness and inactivity; when a person is asleep they are relaxed, and at that point they are not focused on anything; they are not pursuing anything, and they are not passionate about anything. In following Jesus and serving Him, we are not expected to be in such spiritual conditions at any time.
Romans 12:11 says, “Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” In other words, we can’t be lazy Christians! You’ve got to pray hard, study hard, serve hard and work hard for God. It says we should be fervent in spirit. To be fervent is to be hot, burning and aglow. Something that is aglow is shining. Are you hot? Are you burning? Are you shining brightly? What has your spiritual life been like this year? Yes you went to church most times but how zealous were you about the things of God? What was your personal relationship with God like? Did you serve Him at all? Be fervent in spirit!