This is an impatience or reckless enthusiasm that needs to be balanced with some of the implications and cost involved as, when the novelty of any venture diminishes, it requires on-going discipline and persistence to see a successful conclusion to that which we commit to (Lk 14:25-33; 2 Cor 8:11). David was not reluctant but volunteered to confront Goliath, confident with God’s help he

 Am I eager to know God                     in a deeper way?

would win (1 Sam 17:48). One passionate person is worth several whose hearts are not committed to a project. When Jesus called the disciples they eagerly accepted (Mt 4:18-22). “They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them” (2 Chr 15:15). The Berean believers “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Act 17:11).

Jesus told two parables about people who were so keen to obtain what was of great value they sold everything to acquire them (Mt 13:44-46). Am I eager to tell others about Jesus?

See also: cost, courage, enthusiasm, excitement, passion, volunteer, zeal.

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