The 80-20 Rule

Romans 12:11 — Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord (NIV).

The above verse gives believers two instructions: Never lack zeal and keep spiritual fervor. Zeal and fervor speak of a person’s passion or enthusiasm. In this case, Paul encouraged us to maintain our passion for the things of God.

Unfortunately, many believers have lost their zeal and spiritual fervor. The fire that once burned brightly and out of control has been snuffed out. You may be someone whose spiritual tank is close to empty. If so, Paul gave the key to restoring or preserving your passion for God: Serve Him.

Perhaps you’ve heard of The Pareto Principle or the 80-20 Rule. It’s a theory that states, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. While this principle is only theory, there are various studies that confirm Pareto’s beliefs.

In fact, many Christian researchers, pastors, and authors have applied the 80-20 Rule to the church. They imply that 20% of a church’s congregation does 80% of the work of the ministry. Drawing from my personal experience, I can understand how they came to such a conclusion, but I realize not every church is dysfunctional to this degree. Even so, many believers are idle in their faith.

I want to encourage you today. Maybe you lack the passion you once had for God. Perhaps you’ve allowed circumstances to steal your joy. There could be many reasons as to why you have lost spiritual effectiveness, but God wants to restore your zeal and fervor.

Keep in mind, though, that He cannot restore the passion of someone who is content with doing nothing. Get involved in the work of your local church. Ask the leadership what they need you to do. Purpose to meet a need instead of being needy.

Romans 12:6-7 — 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us…7 If it is serving, let him serve (NIV).

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