OCTOBER 25: EARNEST

EARNEST

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John."
Act 18:25
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Earnest - Fervent in spirit.
-Intent and bent on the fulfillment of a mission.
-Employed with an enthusiastic, committed zeal.
Apollos is like drinking a good, strong, bold cup of coffee in the morning.
Filled with an enthusiastic zeal for the Lord and intoxicated by a spiritual fervor and want of "more," his work of promoting the gospel with a limited supply of knowledge asserts, only the more, the working of the Spirit within.
Three virtues of Apollos:
Earnest, Enthusiastic, Passionate.
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Today's Read: Acts 18:24-19:1; 1 Cor.1:12;
Psalm 119:97-106

Apollos was a native of Alexandria (a metropolis in earlier Egypt,) and an exceptionally eloquent man composed of grace, truth, and the Holy Spirit.
Gifted with the ability to articulate and effectively communicate, he suggests a great deal about the quality of the "hidden man" deep within, in his open presentation and proclamation of the Gospel.
A comrade familiar, and in sync with Paul's mission of spreading the gospel, our limited supply of "Apollos" is contained in only a few sparsely scattered, but adequately suggestive verses in the New Testament.
Perhaps of most weighty reflection is a key truth found in 1 Corinthians:
"Now this I say, that everyone of you saith, 'I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ."
1 Cor.1:12
Within this truth is tucked the influence, impact, and affect of Apollos's life on the lives of others. Indeed, Paul's usage of his name here suggests an amplified extension of his heart and charisma amongst the people of Corinth.
Notable attributes of Apollos are worthy of consideration:
1) Acts 18 initiates the powerful, wonderful intersections taking place, for the furtherance of the Gospel in the city of Corinth, among specific individuals. Consider the dynamic influential sphere which was beginning its formation within the roots of Paul, Aquilla and Priscilla, and the newcomer "Apollos."
Surely the Holy Spirit was in "that" place.
Mmmm ...
My soul loves it!
2) Apollos, notably, is both a teacher and a student. Note the vibrant zeal he puts forth in his knowledge of Christ ... and yet his readiness to receive further instruction from Aquilla and Priscilla, when it is presented him.
The hallmark of an exceptional teacher is that he remains an exceptional student:
Hungry, Humble, Willing to learn.
3) Apollos is a leader and not a follower. He remains in Corinth, as a substantial Shepherd of God's word, while Paul removes himself and ventures out into a broader geographical sphere with the Gospel.
4) While the book of Hebrews quietly suggests anonymity; I see the zeal of an eloquent writer of fervency with the spirit of an "Apollos" boldly recording it.
My soul thinks that Apollos is the humble ardent author of the wondrous book.
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Earnest, fervent zeal are the byproducts of loving an earnest, fervent God.
Fearlessly, unapologetically, and enthusiastically let your "drink" of the Lord be with the intoxified outcome of an Apollos.
Be flavored with the boldness, strength, and richness that comes from the Lord and from His Spirit ...
and allow Him to determine the use of your effort, energy and enthusiasm.
Christ be at work within you;
Drink freely of that which He gives to you.
Shoulder up with the eloquent Apollos ...
and he will inspire you.