What are you zealous for? Maybe you’ve never considered yourself the zealous type, but I would venture a guess that all of us have our fair share of zeal. Maybe you’ve read this far, and you’re still wondering what it even means to be zealous. To be zealous about something is to be passionate, enthusiastic, or fervent in its pursuit.
Today people are zealous for a wide variety of things: sports, jobs, families, hobbies, and religion are just a few examples.
The significant question for me is not how zealous am I, but why am I zealous and to where does my zeal lead?
This blog addresses my response to those questions.
For me there is one pursuit above all that I desire to be characterized as zealous. I am zealous in my pursuit of my intimate relationship with God. My first priority is always to ‘Seek His face.” With this as my priority all other things fall into place. Any other priority tends to distort the picture to a greater or lesser extent.
Why am I zealous?
I pursue God because He has first put a zeal within me that spurs me to the pursuit. ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them’ John 6:44. The zeal to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that zeal is me following hard after Him; and all the time while I am pursuing Him I am already in His hand: “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8 ESV
As I seek His face I reach a place where I proclaim, “Be exalted oh Lord.” My being becomes the very essence of simplicity. It enables me to set my course and if I am blown off course for a moment by some adverse wind, I have a pilot who guides me back on course.
What does it lead to?
I have discovered that zeal cannot be earned or bargained, but must be given; as a grace of God. It was this little key that unlocked the door to my treasure of grace, a gracious gift from God. Zeal is central to my life in Christ and its contagious quality focus my pursuit and strengthens my determination to know Him.
The moment I made up my mind that I was going on with my determination to know and exalt God, I found myself out of adjustment to the ways of the world, and increasingly so as I make progress in the holy way. I began acquiring a new viewpoint; a new and different psychology was forming within; a new power began to surprise me by His manifestation on the earth.
It led me to the understanding that I become a pipeline for God to use through which His power and blessing could flow.
The zeal of God has consumed me.
It burns within my soul.
A driving force that cannot be stopped
A fire that cannot be quenched.
I pray this is also your prayer