Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; ~Romans 12:11
The term “high-touch” describes someone who is proactive and enthusiastic, and delivers a high level of service to others. High-touch people make the people they serve feel wanted, served, satisfied, and happy that they are being given exceptional treatment. High-touch people are solution-oriented. Christians should be high-touch in whatever they do for the Lord. Our passage this morning gives us three essentials for being a high-touch Christian.
There is the essential of DILIGENCE.
The context of Romans 12 is about the spiritual gifts that God gives to us for the purpose of ministering to the brethren in our local church. We are to identify our gift(s), and then give ourselves wholly to the exercise of these gifts. Our business is serving others. Paul said, “Not slothful in business…” Slothfulness is another way of saying being lazy, intentionally slow, or reluctant to work; or avoiding responsibility. It is a sin to be slothful. Slothfulness is described in Proverbs as being wasteful. Slothfulness is the opposite of being productive. The idea is that we are to put our heads and hearts into doing our service with all our might. No Christian should complain about working. Every Christian should be a hard worker. Every Christian should finish whatever they start. Every Christian should make it their business to be productive and fruitful in everything they do.
There is the essential of being DYNAMIC.
The second thing Paul said is, “Fervent in spirit.” “Fervent” is a word that means to be red-hot or boiling over. It is a word that is used to describe water that is intentionally set over a fire for boiling. Being fervent describes avid enthusiasm about what you are doing. It has the idea of pushing with all your strength so that the object being pushed is moved. It is being greatly zealous about the task you have been assigned. Paul said in Gal. 4:18, “It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.” Jehu said, “Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD.” It should be said for all of us that we are on fire for the Lord! Preachers should be fiery in their preaching! Soulwinners should be fiery about soulwinning. Serving the Lord in any capacity—whether singing, playing an instrument, making a phone call, ushering, serving in the nursery, or visiting someone in the nursing home—should be with intensity and fervor.
There is the essential of being DEDICATED.
The third thing Paul said is, “Serving the Lord.” Do we always keep in mind that we are serving the Lord? Serving the Lord is a proper extension of worship. Serving the Lord is the outflow of our dedication to the Lord. More than being dedicated to a task or responsibility, we are dedicated to serving the Lord. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. We are His servants, or bond slaves. We do not serve the Lord for recognition, repute, or just reward: we serve the Lord because we love Him. When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He taught them that this is baseline service. We are to serve one another. Then, Jesus said, “Happy are ye if ye do them.” If our motive is serving people, then we and the people we are serving will eventually be disappointed. Dedication is giving our best, giving our all, and going beyond normal expectations. It is not just getting something done on time, but exceeding expectations. It is embedding in the mind of the people you are serving that this is the best delivery of service they have ever received.
Being a high-touch servant of God has three essentials. These essentials describe you as very exceptional and excellent in what you do. Are you a high-touch Christian? Will you subscribe to being high-touch?
Have a fervent God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 34-36