If there is any word that is overused and overemphasized in Pentecostal circles, it is “excited.” All my Pentecostal life I have heard ministers, worship leaders, and prayer leaders talking about their personal excitement, and our need to be excited for Jesus. This message has never sat well with a melancholy person like myself. But it’s not just me. This sort of message is absent from the Bible as well. While the Bible does say we should be joyful, joy is not the same as excitement. Even if it were, the Bible clearly describes other not-so-exciting emotions that Christians will experience as well. It not only tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice, but also to weep with those who weep.
There are definitely times that we should experience excitement as a follower of Jesus. There is, after all, much to be excited about: forgiveness, eternal life, seeing Jesus, etc. But excitement will not be characteristic of our entire Christian life, and neither should it be characteristic of every church service. I’ve seen many excitable Christians who eventually fall by the wayside. Excitement is never enough to carry a Christian to eternity. While not ignoring excitement, we need to focus our attention on commitment, faithfulness, and perseverance. Excitement waxes and wanes, but a commitment characterized by faithful endurance will pass the test of time.