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.