I am very zealous for the Lord Jesus Christ. I do not say this to brag or boast, truly no. The Only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is all I have, and I’ve found all i need. I’m on fire to preach the Gospel of the Risen Savior. zealous indeed.
I am reminded of that while zeal is a gift from God Almighty, it must be based upon absolute truth and exercised in love and wisdom with discernment. I seek to speak the truth fearlessly in the Lord, by His power. I do not however desire this God-Given, and God-Pleasing passion to be used for evil. In and of myself, in my zeal I can be harsh, cold and offputting. The enemy of our souls is very eager to distort,twist and manipulate. The Gospel is offensive enough on it’s own due to its assault on our sense of pride and self-worth. I do not want the enemy to use the God-Given fire within me to scatter rather than gather.
I have found I must remain iin the Word daily as to not preach falsehood, opinion, and nonsense. Further, I must remain in prayer, complete dependence upon the Savior.
I do not want to push people away and exult self in any way, may we point to Christ and Christ alone, for His glory, honor and praise.
“Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins” (Proverbs 19:2).
“Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23).
“If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
Dearest lord we thank and love You so much! We are nothing without You Lord Jesus. We are indeed zealous and pray we would be eager to preach the Gospel, always ready to give an answer for our hope. May we be wise, loving, kind and patient in all we do: led by Your Spirit, preaching truth in love as we ought. May You Lord Jesus increase, and we decrease. In the Lord Jesus’ name. Amen.