KEY SCRIPTURE: John 2:17 KJV “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.”
At the early stages of the conversion of most Christians, they find themselves in so much love for the master. It is called first love. They want to talk to everyone about their new found faith. A senior of mine after receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, with evidence of speaking in tongues, kept praying in tongues for a couple of hours and so was sent to mental hospital in Cape Coast but found nothing medically wrong with him. What is that which makes people seem to go to the extremes of their faith? It is a virtue called zeal. Zeal is described as fire in the soul of an individual that spurs him on to do things that ordinary individuals would not do. It can be likened to passion in the soul of a man. The bible says it was zeal for the house of God, that made the Lord act the way He did.
Zeal is the Spirit of God in charge of one’s thinking, therefore, the Holy Spirit controls his actions. A zealous individual gets much done for God. He is described as being beside himself, because he acts in pure love for the master.2 Corinth 5:13 KJV” For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. Apostle Paul explained further, it is the love of Christ that controls him. Every Christian needs to do all things by the influence of the zeal for God. With zeal much would be achieved for God through evangelism, and every aspect of the Christian life.
One’s zeal can be either High or low depending on his or her fellowship with the Spirit of God. Lack of fellowship that is the absence of prayer, studying the word and fasting, weakens the influence of the Spirit, and so the flesh becomes master and zeal is low or zero. Zero zeal is a very dangerous state for every believer. It is a symbol of the absence of oil in the life of a Saint. In the story of the parable of the ten virgins, the five were described as foolish because they had zero zeal.
You can always fan your zeal very high. Repent from every carnal life, stir up the presence of the Spirit in you, through prayer and the study of the word. Keep doing it, till it becomes instinctive to please the master without effort. This is the state that makes you ready for heaven. Matthew 25:13 KJV “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
Pls read Matthew 25:1-13
THOUGHT: ZERO ZEAL, MEANS ZERO HEAVEN FOR YOU
Rev 3:16 KJV” So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
2Corinth 5:14 KJV :For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”