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This Week We're Looking at Zeal
I’d never been busier or more excited about serving God.
Between church activities, a group Bible study, and helping with a Christian ministry, I barely had time for anything else, including prayer and personal Bible study.
Before long, something seemed off. First, I felt myself getting edgy and stressed. Then, I started grumbling about nearly everything. Something was wrong, and I knew it. But what could be wrong when my life was going so right?
After all, wasn’t I supposed to be “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14)? And I certainly was. I was oozing with zeal.
The problem was, I had “zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:2-3). In other words, I had a zeal for the things of God. But not for God Himself.
The Bible makes it clear that we can be religious and wrong. The apostle Paul serves as our example of someone who was devoted, but to the wrong thing. “As to zeal, [he was] a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless” (Philippians 3:6).
We’re saved by the gift of grace, and that means there’s a relationship between us and Christ. So, if we spend all our time looking around for something to do for Jesus, we may find Him saying simply, “Look at Me.”
Our wholehearted devotion to Christ can be dampened by many good things. That’s why He told the rich young ruler, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me” (Mark 10:21).
Following Jesus is everything. That’s why He calls us to Himself over and over again. “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:19, Isaiah 26:11).
In other words, we should get rid of everything that competes with our devotion to Jesus Himself because nothing else matters more.
No matter how sincerely we mistake loving the things of God for loving Him, they’ll never satisfy us. Only He will.
My grumpy attitude was a red flag. It didn’t take me long to realize all the good things I was doing hadn’t left me enough time for the best thing.
That’s when I finally stepped away from my busy calendar, got alone with the Lord, and repented of my half-hearted devotion to Him. With a renewed heart and a changed attitude, I committed to love Him first.
Then I got busy with His simple instruction: “Follow Me.”
Cindy really learned to rely on Jesus as her source of strength and experienced the sufficiency of Christ in a way that changed her forever during the early years of marriage. During those years, her husband worked abroad for long stretches of time. With three daughters to raise, at times she felt exhausted, lonely, and full of self-doubt.
Cindy writes, "Next to my Bible, the things I can’t live without are lipstick, hairspray, and popcorn (in that order!). I’m pretty passionate about ice cream, too."
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