This is Judy (Michael’s wife).
After Michael made yesterday’s video (which I’ve included down below in case you missed it), I thought it was really good. After we talked about it a bit, Michael asked me to share some of those thoughts with you, so here you go…
I believe fervency is essential in life, especially in our prayer life. We see the passion (fervency) of Christ described in Hebrews 5:7 which says… “Who in the days of his flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared;”
Compare that to apathy. It’s the opposite of fervency. Showing little or no interest, no concern or enthusiasm. When did that ever inspire anyone for anything? How many of us have experienced that while shopping?
It’s sad the way our culture has changed, so when someone is different, it really stands out. Chick-fil-a, for instance. When you say thank you, they always respond with “My pleasure!” How refreshing is that!
We do a lot of our grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. It’s part of their culture to show an enthusiastic interest in their customers. They are well trained to be engaging, positive and even happy! It just makes you feel good about shopping there, and you smile while paying the bill.
Michael is always connecting Scripture to life, especially business and work, but in Romans 12:11, the Apostle Paul also connects the two with this passage… “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord”.
As the holy people of God, because of Jesus, we have all that we need to “Unleash the Power of Fervency” in every area of our lives. The Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity, resides in us! So, even if we don’t feel it, you and I walk around with the power of God in us! Just realizing that amazing fact should propel us to live our life to the fullest and give Him all the glory!
Remember, no matter what you are doing, you are never alone in this life. If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He has taken up residence in you and will be with you always, even unto the end. (Matthew 28:20) Because that is true, we always have access to the source of that fervency, the fire of the Presence of our Holy God.
May I suggest we all pause from our busyness and take time to enter into the passion and fervency or our Lord Jesus Christ whose heart beats for the world and share that passion with everyone we meet.