August 16, 2015

Loving God with Mystery & Celebration

Enthusiasm—it’s one of the greatest words in the English language! It is a word that is built deeply into the victorious spirit of humanity. The word enthusiasm is derived from two little Greek words, en and theos, with theos being the Greek word for God. So “enthusiasm” literally means, in its root concept, “full of God.” Maybe that’s why enthusiastic people are so often creative and joyful! The Bible uses several different words for this idea of being filled with enthusiasm: ardor, zeal, whole-heartedness. My personal favorite is “eager.” When you are eager, you are enthusiastic about your service to God and others. This idea is taught again and again in the N.T.: Be “eager to serve” (1 Peter 5:2); be “eager for the gifts of the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 14:12); have an “eager willingness” to finish the work of faith we’ve begun (2 Corinthians 8:11); wait in “eager expectation” for God (Romans 8:9); be “eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:14).