July 18 The Enthusiastic Christian

scripture reading: Ephesians 2:8–16
key verse: Ephesians 6:8

Knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.

Many fine, moral, nice people in the world bring good cheer to others, but leave no divine imprint. The interesting thing about Christians is that our light—our good works and words—is to shine in such a way so as to “glorify [our] Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

Your light, your witness, should reflect on the person and character of Jesus Christ, attracting others to His uncommon presence. Your works should bring attention not to yourself but to God, casting His ways in sharp relief to the familiar ways of the world.

Your enthusiasm in your tasks should reflect your passion to serve God. That zeal should spring forth in the mundane projects, the obscure times, and the relatively boring jobs. Your enthusiasm points to the origin of the zest, a desire to glorify Christ in all you do.

Your light also shines uniquely when you do your work with excellence. You are faithful in the little things that others ignore; you go above the mediocre and walk the second mile.

Your enthusiasm and excellence in the familiar routine unveil the inner presence of Jesus Christ for the world to see.

Give me enthusiasm, O God—even in the routine, mundane things of life. Let my work be marked with excellence. I want to glorify You in everything I do.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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