What Do You Have A Zeal For?
1/24/2018

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV)

Have you ever heard the phrase, Whatever floats your boat? It can be translated, Hey, whatever works for you. It can be used sarcastically when a person doesn’t like what someone is doing.  Or, it can be used genuinely to encourage one to do whatever makes him or her feel good.  The phrase can also refer to our having a “zeal” for something or someone.  

Being zealous can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what we are zealous for, or how our zeal is conveyed. We can see a great example of this in the life of Saul, who would later become the Apostle Paul. He was adamant about his convictions, and so he had a great zeal for following the law of God, and also for persecuting followers of Jesus Christ.  He had great zeal, but it was misguided. 

This all changed once Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus; he now had the truth and his zeal was to share Jesus with others. Saul experienced a personal relationship with Jesus and nothing else would suffice.  It affected his life greatly and it gave him a greater heart for those who didn’t know Jesus.  We can see him speaking of this to the church in Rome. 

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Romans 10:1-2 (NKJV)

As I think upon this amazing story and testimony of Paul I am prompted to ask this question: What are you zealous for? Have you, like Saul, been so impacted by knowing Jesus?  Are you, like Paul, zealous to share the gospel message with others? 

Or, have you been tempted to take what Jesus has done for granted and become zealous for this world and the things of this world.  Is there someone or something taking your attention and causing you to become consumed by it? 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Make it your heart's desire to be zealous for sharing the gospel message with others.  Make it your heart's desire to be zealous for good works.  Make it your heart's desire to be zealous with the knowledge of God.  Make it your heart's desire to be zealous in your love for one another. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Titus 2:11-14 what can we learn about our role as Christian men and women?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What are you most zealous about?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be zealous for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Choose to be zealous for reading and abiding in His Word.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing us how we can be zealous, but without knowledge.  Help me to be zealous for the things you want me to be zealous for.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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