WHAT MAKES YOU ZEALOUS?

Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple area and drove all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the MONEY-CHANGERS and the benches of those SELLING DOVES. ‘It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.’ “

ZEAL means fervent or enthusiastic devotion, often extreme or fanatical in nature, as to a religious movement, a political cause, ideal or aspiration.

ZEALOUS means filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm or zeal; ardent or fervent.

From the above description…I believe everyone has some kind of zeal about something. But for you as a man, WHAT MAKES YOU ZEALOUS? Let’s look from the example of Jesus from today’s scripture. Jesus had just entered Jerusalem in triumph. In fact, the whole city of Jerusalem was STIRRED. In a sense, from outside, the people were zealous for Him. But moment later, Jesus entered the temple area. But no, you will notice he did not receive the same kind of enthusiastic welcome like he did outside.

But wait a minute. Why would the CROWDS outside…on the streets welcome him in triumph and on the same note, those inside the temple show him a cold shoulder? Does it surprise you? Yes, the question still comes across to you. WHAT MAKES YOU ZEALOUS? You might be shocked if I tell you that those in the temple is YOU AND ME. Oh yes….you, the Christian.

You see, those who are outside represent the people who have not yet encountered Jesus on a personal level but they do recognize him as a prophet. They are seeking…and seeking with genuine zeal. And before long, they will find him. But sadly those who are inside are the people who have a personal encounter with Jesus. Oh, they know about him, and his power. However, there is a problem. Instead of becoming ZEALOUS for him, going outside to the seekers, they stay in…and they confine his power inside and use it only when it is convenient for their advantage.

Yes, the church is confining the DOVES…that is the HOLY SPIRIT. And worse till…the church is misusing what it has freely received to make financial gains. But Jesus is calling out for men who will stand up and be counted. The Lord is looking for men who are ZEALOUS, not for the WALL STREET ENDEAVORS but for the BACKSTREETS AND ALLEYS of their cities. People are waiting for men such as you. And yes, God is seeking for ZEALOUS MEN ON THEIR KNEES. Then His power will be made manifest, nations will be saved and there will be PEACE IN JERUSALEM. Psalm 122:6-9

You have a choice.

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7 thoughts on “WHAT MAKES YOU ZEALOUS?

  1. What is with God speaking to both of us in similar ways? Today I was reflecting on us idolizing God in ways that we like rather than accepting God on His terms and you have penned the same thoughts from a different perspective. Is this not the Lord working in powerful ways through his children who are connected by the glue of His blood!

    We certainly are the ones inside the temple trying to make the most of God for our own glory. Thank you sister Gladwell for reminding us about where our hearts need to be and how we need to be seeking God and not ourselves or our selfish desires.

    • This is a lesson I am LEARNING on a personal level…and so I am being challenged as I go… Yes, the people out there are waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, and we are just simple playing church. May He help us to see and raise up to the challenge.

      Blessings,

      Gladwell

  2. Thanks for the great words Gladwell. I have often marvelled at Jesus’ words in Revelation 3:20. Jesus stands at the door knocking waiting to be invited in. To where? The church! The body of Christ. May we each welcome Him into the hidden recesses of our hearts. Blessings!

  3. Gladwell,
    This is the perfect addition to a sermon I just listened to. The speaker, Shane Claiborne, spoke about the story of Lazarus and the rich man–with the rich man confined inside his gated home while Lazarus begged outside hoping for food. Shane spoke of how we, as Christians, build up walls out of fear of what we don’t know or understand. And, how good we have become at making people feel like outsiders of excluding the very people that Jesus magnetized. We need to be on our knees, but also draw in the marginalized. -Godspeed, Elizabeth

  4. Wow Gladwell, I definantly DO see the paralels in our blogs today, I am glad you noticed. We had a small gooup meeting last night to study the Bible, and that was a topic we touched on. Greet the day on your knees, see the day out on your knees
    God be with you and yours
    Jim

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