Zeal means passionate energy for a belief in God – a heart for God. It is a passion that drives one to pursue God and His will in the face of setbacks and seemingly overwhelming odds. It should characterize our spiritual life. Jesus was zealous for the sanctity of the temple of God. He drove out everyone who had turned the temple into a marketplace. And His disciples remembered that it was said concerning Him that “The zeal of your house has consumed me.” (John 2:17). “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). And Christ came to set our hearts ablaze for God that we may love Him and reveal His character unto the world. This love enables us to take up our crosses and bear them with joy, despising the schemes of the enemy. God wants to raise us up as envoys that will be jealous for His glory such that we will unite with Him in winning souls back to Him. Rom. 12:11; John 1:12.
Our zeal for God is birthed when we give our lives to Christ. He grants us an unquenchable hunger and thirst for His word and prayer. This is not based on intelligent understanding or logic, but by the influence of the Holy Spirit. Rom. 10:2. It is Christ who makes us to be full of zeal in doing good. Of ourselves, we can do nothing. Titus 2:14. This should make us yield ourselves completely unto Him so that His fire may be kindled in us. “Do not be slothful in zeal…” Rom. 12:11. Jesus cannot use anyone who is complacent.
Be zealous and seek the salvation of souls. Ecclesiastes. 11:5,6. Christianity is not fanfare, but humble commitment to faithfulness unto God. Are you lacking in zeal? Cry unto God to revive you, to set ablaze your affection for Him. Abide with Him in the secret place until the countenance of your face is brightened by His glory.
The Lord has called us to be His disciples. His Kingdom must be extended to every sphere of human influence. It beckons on us to take up this mandate and run with it as the soldiers of Christ.