Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38a
The word enthusiasm has an interesting pedigree. It made its way to English from a Greek word, entheos—“the state of being inspired or possessed by a god” (en = in; theos = god). In fact, the early Puritans looked down on enthusiasm, equating it with “excessive religious emotion.” Eventually, eagerness and enjoyment supplanted the derogatory sense of divine possession.
But being inspired or filled by the one true God is a good thing! In that sense, we should approach God’s calling on our life with His enthusiasm. Joshua and Caleb were enthusiastic about invading the Promised Land (Numbers 13). The apostle Paul was enthusiastic about his commission to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 22:21). The teenager Mary enthusiastically embraced her calling to be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:38). And Paul says everything we do should be done as if we are doing it for Christ Himself (Colossians 3:23).
Who knows what God may call you to do this year—or today? Why not commit yourself today to living a life full of the Spirit of God so you will live enthusiastically for Him.
God wants not slaves but intelligent, grown-up children who show enthusiasm for the family business. Cornelius Plantinga