1John 1:1-2 (GNB)
We write to you
about the Word of life, which has existed from the very beginning. We
have heard it, and we have seen it with our eyes; yes, we have seen it,
and our hands have touched it. When this life became visible, we saw it;
so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the
Father and was made known to us.
is always best when zeal for God is born out of revelation, practice and
encounters with God and not simply emotion or via emulation of others.
Lack of a personal relationship with God is a major reason that some
people are passionate about the wrong things. Before his encounter with
Jesus, Apostle Paul zealously persecuted the church, Phil.3:6. He
acknowledged later that he did it in ignorance and unbelief. It was
because of ignorance that the Jewish leaders zealously wanted Jesus
killed. Our zeal for God must be based on the revelation of Christ
(Rom.1:16-17) and God's love for us, 2Cor.5:14. In your zeal for God,
you must also perpetuate humility and love.
A major thing that fuels zeal for God is fellowshipping with God. Lack
of fellowship with God is a major reason that many believers and
minsters experience burn out and frustration in their zeal for God. That
is where He fills you with more revelations of Christ and His love for
you. That is also an avenue for you to express your passion and zeal for
him. Fellowshipping with God entails both your personal fellowship with
God and your fellowship with other believers also. 1John 1:3 (GNB) says,
what we have seen and heard we announce to you also, so that you will
join with us in the fellowship that we have with the Father and with his
Son Jesus Christ. We fellowship with God by the help of His Spirit. It
is not by our physical power nor by our might but by that of the Spirit
of God that we can be effectively zealous for God. It is in the place of
our fellowship with God that the strength and might of His Spirit fills
us up continually.
Take me deeper in love and fellowship with You, dear Lord. Fill my heart
with more revelations of Christ and Your love for me.