Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Humility of Zeal

Ps 69:9
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Ps 119:139

My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

Ga 4:18
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

If a thing is worth doing, then it is worth doing with one's whole heart, mind, and strength. If God, in our relationship with Him as Father, Savior, Lord, Helper, and Sanctifier, is the Pearl of Great Price to our souls, then knowing Him and seeking to please Him should so consume us that all else in our current existence must necessarily fade to gray.

Do we presently have sack loads of issues on our backs, encumbering our progress and stripping us of joy? It may be that we have allowed our zeal for God to wane. It may be that we have lost the peculiarity that must mark the child of God for having been so immersed in the world's pursuits. Have we been seeking success and the affirmation of the world and our fallen selves to the snuffing out of the fire of God that once raged within?

Let us once more realize that life lived upon this earth can only have meaning, can only have worth, can only have significance if it is a life that accomplishes the purpose for which it was given existence by the Creator. It may be true that things are crumbling all around you. The things that once gave you fulfillment are no longer doing their job. The loved one has failed you; work has become a routine that wears you down; ministry has become a drudgery; habitual sins constantly erode your sense of joy and peace and diffuse guilt instead. These things are true for many of us, and yet only one thing is needed: AN UNDIVIDED PASSION FOR CHRIST. The difficult circumstances surrounding our lives may remain as they are, but rekindling Christ as our heated core and having Him as our FIRST LOVE, first in terms of position and primacy, are the only means of staying on this earth sane and sound.

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