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May our zeal stir up others

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in scripture, service | 6 comments

May our zeal stir up others

When Paul was writing to the Corinthians for the second time (or third, or fourth), he includes this commendation (yes, he actually commended the Corinthians for something):

Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. (2 Corinthians 9:1-2 ESV)

Think about this a minute… The Corinthians’ zeal for serving the saints was so great that others heard about it. And, when they heard about that zeal for service, they were stirred up to serve others as well.

May our zeal to serve stir up others to service also.


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  1. 10-21-2010

    that’s awesome. I especially appreciated this one because I believe I have the ‘gift’ of zeal? I’m not even sure if that’s a gift really…. where would that fall under as far as spiritual gifts? I just don’t know…

    but thanks for this entry & encouragement!

    Reminds me of one of my life verses/fave verses. Romans 12:11

  2. 10-22-2010


    The “gift of zeal”… I like that. 🙂


  3. 10-22-2010


    Randi’s gift 🙂 must be what I had when I began ministry (as well as most of my peers); I had great zeal to teach everyone to be disciples, but my professors hadn’t taught me that the Scriptural way was for me to BE a disciple.

  4. 10-22-2010

    good thought AussieJohn. I hope that isn’t the way my zeal expresses itself! 🙂 Although I do relate to what you are saying — I had spiritual bulimia for a while too (ingesting junk food = trying to acquire all this fast information that i’m not letting fully digest and nourish).. just so I could throw it up all over whoever was around me 🙂

  5. 10-22-2010

    Aussie John,

    You mean we’re supposed to be discipled and make disciples at the same time?


    What an analogy…

    I’ve known people who have practiced suppository preaching… think about it. 😉


  6. 10-22-2010

    lol good one Alan

    and i can’t take credit for that analogy. shane claiborne is where I heard that.. I just expanded on it. 🙂