Summary: A simple formula for a more exciting, energizing existence...In God = En Theos = Enthusiasm. Several Biblical reasons to be enthused about being ’en Theos’. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Introduction: Webster’s Dictionary says the meaning of enthusiasm / excitement is "to be stirred or thrilled." Some would say they have enthusiasm at times, it depends on what they are doing...what they are ‘into’ at the moment.
Enthusiasm comes from 2 Greek words meaning in…God. “Theos” is where we get the word ‘theology’, the doctrine of God. So, are you into God? Is He in you? If so, you’ll have enthusiasm about it!
Many get excited at ball games or golf or other events. Some will be thrilled at the getting of a new dress or suit, or at the sight of a taco bar! I believe it is time we got excited over the things that will last for all eternity.
We fight for front seat at concert / sporting event…how about for church? We ‘hop to’ in telling a joke, or sharing some good news, but how about the gospel?
A.W. Tozer: “If we evangelicals had one-third the enthusiasm of some of the cults we could take the continent.”
Lk. 14:34 "Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its savour, how shall it be seasoned?"
Charles Schwabb, the American Industrialist who rose from poverty and later formed the US Steel Corporation, said: ’You can succeed at almost anything for which you have unlimited enthusiasm.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: ’Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.’
Norman Vincent Peale: ’Years wrinkle the skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.’
Henry David Thoreau: ’None are so old as those whom have outlived enthusiasm.’
Verses about enthusiasm:
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might;
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. [dozens like this!]
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
JESUS CAUSED EXCITEMENT TO HAPPEN
1-His triumphal entry into Jerusalem
And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
3-Everywhere He went
The enthusiasm was contagious.
When the Spirit of God indwells you, it will transform you from a lukewarm bump on a log, to a fiery Christian.
THE PEOPLE GOT EXCITED ABOUT JESUS
1-the maniac of Gadara
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
2-the woman at the well
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
3-the blind boy in John 9
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
4- the lame man at the gate in Acts 3
[asked for alms and got legs!]
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
I think it is time we joined these in getting
excited / enthused…be the first to lead in clapping during that song, or shouting glory to a wonderful truth…even if you’re the only one! Be a thermostat, not a thermometer! Set the temperature, don’t just register the temp of those around you.
WE SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT BEING SAVED
1-greatest thing that ever happened to me
2-nothing could ever take the place of knowing you have a right standing with the Lord.
3-burden of sin gone-joy and peace, contentment in heart
4-new purpose to live for [even if no heaven, I’d still want to be a Christian for this life!]
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it