March 30, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 14     


In A Chinese convert once said: "We want men with red-hot hearts to tell us of the love of Christ." This man was talking about enthusiasm. If anything separates the active Christian from the indifferent Christian, it must be enthusiasm. Charles Schwab has said: "A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm." What is true of business in this regard is also true of the church? Enthusiasm for Christ is the great need of the hour!
Webster says that "enthusiasm" is an "eager and intense interest; an ardent zeal or fervor." By definition one can obviously see the great value of enthusiasm in the service of Christ. In Isaiah 2:3, we see that enthusiasm was prophesied to be one of the characteristics of those in the church: "And many people shall go and say: Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths..." The prophet said the day was coming when God's kingdom would be established. He said that people all over the world would be filled with enthusiasm to learn about the Lord and to walk in his ways. Today, that glorious kingdom has been established. But what about the enthusiasm? Can it be said that we are enthusiastic for Christ?
In order for enthusiasm to be of value it must have the proper motivation and guidance. Motivation is important. Something has to stir us to have the eager and intense interest in serving Christ. Once upon a time, there was a frog who fell into a very deep pothole on a very busy street. His friends tried to pull him out, but each time they tried they failed. Finally, the situation was hopeless. His friends gave up and left him to his fate. But the next day they saw the frog jumping around just fine. His friends begged him to tell them how he managed to escape the pothole. The frog responded, "Well, there I was. I couldn't jump out; but then a truck came along and I had to." Now that is what you call motivation. In much the same way, Jesus demands great things of his people. He does not want us to be motivated out of a sense of fear or duty, but out of love and gratitude directed toward him. What motivates you to serve Christ?
And then, enthusiasm needs proper guidance. It is possible for our enthusiasm to be excessive and unreasonable. Paul, in speaking of the Jews, said: "I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge" (Rom. 10: 2). The zeal of some Jews was actually working against the Lord. They had enthusiasm, but it was not properly guided. Someone has well said that "religious zeal without knowledge is like speed to a man in the dark." Enthusiasm without proper guidance can be a very dangerous thing.
Faith provides the motivation and the guidance for the right kind of enthusiasm. Our enthusiasm for Christ must be grounded and settled in the knowledge of God's Word. Saul of Tarsus is an excellent example of the wrong kind of enthusiasm turning into the right kind of enthusiasm through faith in Christ (Gal. 1:13,14).
We need this wonderful spirit of enthusiasm in the church. Not a bubbling, showy, emotional enthusiasm. That kind cannot last. But there is such a thing as a sustained and rational enthusiasm. This kind lives in truth. We need this enthusiasm in all areas: in our worship, in our family situations, in our daily relationships, in our evangelistic work, and in our benevolence!
Realize that enthusiasm is a choice! Isn't Christ worthy of your zeal and interest? He is indeed! MAKE THAT CHOICE! DECIDE TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC IN THE SERVICE OF CHRIST!

by Brian K. Giselbach

I’m Not Growing Old

They say that I am growing old
I’ve heard them say it times untold
In language plain and bold
But I’m not growing old

This frail old shell in which I dwell
Is growing old I know full well
But I’m not growing old.

What if my hair has turned gray
Gray hair is honorable, they say
What if my eye sight’s growing dim
I can still see to follow Him
Who sacrificed His life for me
There on the cross of Calvary

Why should I care if time’s old plow
Has dug some furrows in my brow.
Another house not made with hand
Awaits me in the glory land.

My hearing may not be as keen
As in the past, it may have been
Still I can hear my Savior say
Come faltering child, this is the way.

The outward man, do what I can
To lengthen out this life’s short span
Shall perish and return to dust
As everything in nature must.

But the inward man the Scriptures say
Ah, the inward man
Is growing stronger every day.
Then how can I be growing old?
I’m safe within the Saviour’s fold
‘Er long my soul shall fly away
And leave this tenement of clay

This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize
I’ll meet you on the streets of gold
And prove that I’m not growing old.

- John E. Roberts -

Fifth Sunday Contribution

Tomorrow - Sunday, March 30, 2003

"A Simple Principle"
Matthew 22:34-36
"Song Service "
Sunday at 6 pm

Mark Your Calendars:

  • March 30: Fifth Sunday Contribution
  • March 30: Song Service - 6 pm.
  • April 12: Ladies Day at Orange Street in Auburndale, FL. “Hats Off To Ladies.”
  • June 1-7: Weeki Wachee Bible Camp.
  • June 20-July 8: Ghana Campaign 2003
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.

"A buried talent is never a buried treasure.

Talents become treasures only through use."





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