May 2005 Calendar Article
Our Theme for 2005:
Living for Jesus
Living for Jesus with Enthusiasm
—by Kevin Rogers
Life is hectic, and we tend to lose our motivation in certain areas. Living for Jesus should not be one of these areas. It seems that we, as Christians, lose sight of our Christian goals and focus more on our career goals. Enthusiasm abounds after high school or college graduation, a new job or pay raise, wedding plans, the birth of children, or sporting events. Why should these areas be different from our walk with Christ? If we could bottle the enthusiasm in these areas and pour this into our daily walk with Christ, how much different would your life be? We need to constantly strive to live for Jesus with a deep and growing passion.
Revelation 3:16 tells us, “because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” This is a warning against just living our lives and being an occasional Christian only when it is convenient. To be a Christian, our lives must be like that of Christ. We need to keep our “spiritual fervor” in serving the Lord. One way is to be in constant communication with Jesus. Although the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” is widely used, it helps us keep him in the forefront of our minds. If we never pray or read God’s word, how can we be living for Jesus with any conviction or enthusiasm.
Finally, in Philippians 2:5, Paul says, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” When we align our thoughts and prayers with those of Jesus, enthusiasm and joy will be part of our daily life. Life on earth is not a right but a privilege. The Lord wants us to give our lives fully to him, not only one day a week but every minute of every day. When we focus on Jesus, we will be living for him with enthusiasm. How exciting and fruitful it would be if we all gave every minute of our lives to Christ!