February 18, 2015

Stage Three: The Spiritual Young Adult

Romans 12:10-13

The two greatest on-going challenges most churches face are motivating people to serve and to tithe. Sermons are preached, announcements posted, e-mails circulated, and prayers enlisted. More often than not, the church body comes through; volunteers step up and the budget is met or exceeded by year-end. And we all collectively heave a huge sigh of relief and shout, “God is good!”—at least until next year when we have to do the same thing all over again. This flies directly in the face of what Paul communicated in Romans 12:10-13. Here, he speaks directly to spiritual young adults, encouraging them to serve God and one another with “zeal” and “spiritual fervor.”

Zeal means “a great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.”

Spiritual Fervor means “an intensity of feeling or expression for your spiritual convictions.”

The Greek word Paul uses for these two words literally means “to bring to a boil.”

If spiritual young adults were full of zeal and spiritual fervor, then the church would not have to make annual pleas for basic survival. Churches could shift their focus from paying their light bills to equipping members to minister to their community, country, and world. In addition, spiritual young adults would experience joy and blessings beyond their wildest dreams. Jesus promised, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).