In his book, Everybody Always, Bob Goff shares about a parade that his family created to show their neighbors that they were loved. It started as a small event that the neighborhood was invited to, but has grown to hundreds of participants since. The only reason the parade started was because Bob wanted his neighbors to realize how special they were. If you are looking for a book or two that will inspire you and make you smile, look no further than one of Bob Goff's. You could say that Bob has an enthusiastic spirit. An enthusiastic spirit is hard to come by. In the book of Acts, we read about a man who plays a small, yet important part to the spread of the early church. Take a look:
Acts 18: 24 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. 25 He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. 26 When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.
27 Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. 28 He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.
In a world full of depression, debt, and disbelief, we have found ourselves on the brink of churches full of melancholy Christians. Life is tough and often we carry the weight of it on our faces and in our conversations. The church needs all kinds of people, including those who are enthusiastic about life, those who are enthusiastic about their calling, and those who are enthusiastic about serving Jesus. Have you displayed any enthusiasm lately?
With sincere love for each of you,