Fervent is our word for this year. Fervent is a strong word. It’s basically “focus “ – on steroids. Defined as “passionate enthusiasm” our mission is to step up and step into God’s purpose, both individually and as a congregation.
I realize that the spread of Covid19 has been in the forefront of people’s minds. It’s the “Covid effect” that’s informs our “WHY”. This infectious and potentially fatal virus has impacted the force and quality of our lives. It has affected our hope and drained our zest for life. Many remain in survival mode, though cautiously optimistic as vaccines are being distributed.
In light of the uncertainty of our times, I believe God is calling us to be fervent in a number of ways:
Fervent in prayer – James 5:16 The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.
- This kind of prayer is energized by God, and it makes a difference.
Fervent in love — I Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
- Nothing will affect your passion and enthusiasm like being hurt by someone or by an unforeseen circumstance. Fervent love overcomes the spirit of that offense.
Fervent in spirit – Romans 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
- This word was used to describe the way Apollos taught the Scriptures. He spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord (Acts 18:25). Fervent describes how we serve the Lord. Is it not lax, but enthusiastic.
As we come out of this unrelenting pandemic, out of unresolved racial issues, and out of a contentious presidential election, 2021 will be a year of transition. No one but God knows what the future holds. But if we are fervent, we will prevail, as God works in us and through us.
I Corinthians 15:58