A transformed life is marked by a diligent enthusiasm in serving the Lord. In part 5 of Eight Marks of a Transformed Life, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Romans 12:11.

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Study Notes

Romans 12:11 in Different Translations

Romans 12:11 (New International Version)
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord
Romans 12:11 (Amplified Bible)
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11 (The Message)
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master
Romans 12:11 (New Living Translation)
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Understanding the Text

  • Negative Command: Don’t be lazy!
  • Positive Command: Keep the fire burning as you serve the Lord!

Impediments to Diligent, Enthusiastic Service…

  • Unconfessed sin
  • Lack of discipline
  • Little faith
  • Service misfit
  • Trying to do too much

Helps for Diligent, Enthusiastic Service…

  • Holy Spirit
  • Hope

Applying the Text

  • Are you diligently and enthusiastically serving the Lord?