Motivational one-liners have infused the weak with strength to succeed at all kinds of endeavours. Stories abound of underdogs becoming CEOs, of the oppressing becoming saviours, of the lazy becoming heroes.
The same is true for spiritual ministry. The little brother Joseph became slave and then executive ruler of Egypt. The shepherd boy became King David. A runaway slave become useful Onesimus. The persecutor Saul become the Apostle Paul.
In Romans 12:11 we find three one-liners that formed part of Paul’s ministry agenda
Do not be slothful in zeal.
Be fervent in spirit.
Serve the Lord.
There are many ways to bring into English the significance of the words chosen by Paul. Look at these translations, and grasp the application for your ministry in God’s Kingdom.
|ESV||do not be slothful in zeal||be fervent in spirit||serve the Lord|
|NKJV||not lagging in diligence||fervent in spirit||serving the Lord|
|NIV||never be lacking in zeal||but keep your spiritual fervour||serving the Lord|
|CSB||do not lack diligence in zeal||be fervent in the Spirit||serve the Lord|
|NASB||not lagging behind in diligence||fervent in spirit||serving the Lord|
|AZV||not holding back eagerness||enthusiastic in spirit||slaving for the Lord|