Today we are going to learn about ENTHUSIASM from a perspective you may not have thought of before, Spiritual ENTHUSIASM.
There are two different types of people in the world.
There are those who let their environments influence their enthusiasm.
There are those who let their enthusiasm influence their environments.
Enthusiasm comes from two Greek words, en and theos.
En means in. Theos means God. En theos, the root of enthusiasm, literally means “IN GOD” or it means, “FILLED WITH GOD.”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain.”
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (NJKV)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (NIV)
Enthusiasm is not so much a product of the environment as much as it is a posture of our hearts.
Let’s look at the en theos or enthusiasm of King David.
“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
There are three reason David was so confident in his spiritual enthusiasm.
- David trusted
- David walked with God daily.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
- David worshiped God daily.
2 Samuel 6:16
Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
Tragically, this didn’t last forever in David’s life.
- As a kid, with enthusiasm, David ran into the battle to serve God.
- As a king, with apathy, David walked on the roof to serve his comfort.
How did a man with so much enthusiasm as a kid, lose it as a king? David took his eyes off his calling and he put it on his comfort.
Which of these two categories best represents you?
- Are you charging into the spiritual battle with enthusiasm? En theos? Filled with God?
- Have you slipped into a place where life is more about you?
“Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.”
What do you do? Jesus said you go back, and you do what you used to do.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.”
There are those who let their environment dictate their enthusiasm, and there are those who let their enthusiasm dictate their environment.