Zeal: Have You Got It?

Don’t you just love being around people who are just on fire for the Lord all the time? You know, Jesus was full of zeal too. When Jesus drove the money changers and the business people out of the temple, the Bible says that “His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”’ [John 2:17 ESV]

Jesus was zealous for the house of God. We know from the Scripture that we, the church, are God’s temple. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” [Ephesians 2:19-22 NASB]

Do you see that? We are God’s household! He is building us into a ‘holy temple’ in the Lord. Therefore, Jesus is zealous for us - His church, which is His body - and we should be too.

One of our favorite Christmas scriptures is from the Prophet Isaiah:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. [Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV]

The Word of God says that the entire plan of salvation for the world started with God seeing the pain of the world. In response, He sent His Son as a remedy; as a cure for that pain. This plan was accomplished because of the intentional, zealous, passion that the Lord Almighty has for that plan and for us.

God wants to see that zeal in all of us. Let’s turn to Paul’s letter to Titus to see God’s plan to put that zeal in each one of us. In talking about the plan of salvation in chapter 2, Paul writes about Jesus that He…

… gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. [Titus 2:14 ESV]

Jesus came to purify us so that we could be His. Jesus is not going to spend the rest of eternity with people who live to satisfy their own passions. No! His great grace is changing us from the inside-out to be people who are full of passionate zeal to do what is good.

People who are eager to serve, to love, to put others first; that’s what marked Jesus and that should mark every Christian. So let me ask you: how zealous are you to do the things of the Lord? How compassionate are you, really? Do you eagerly look for ways to serve others, or do you inwardly look for ways to avoid serving?

If you recognize that perhaps you aren’t as zealous for God’s people and His Kingdom as you would like to be, then just tell Him: “Lord, I want to be more like you. More zealous for the things that matter and less concerned about myself. Please teach me to change. I commit to being more teachable. I love you, Lord, and I truly want to be a servant who eagerly brings you glory. In Jesus’ Name!”

It is a prayer that God zealously wants to answer for you!

©2021 Heart of Titus Ministries, Inc.

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