“It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.” (Galatians 4:18)
Christian, what is your passion? What drives the work of your hands? What motivates you to work tirelessly, sacrificially, painfully and at times unceremoniously? What are you zealous for? Is it for your glory or His? Is it for the name of Jesus, the beloved son, or yours? Is your zeal for the Lord dependent on the circumstance or social setting? Is your zeal for the Lord present when no one else is? Does your zeal for the Lord need anything other than the Gospel for it to manifest in your life? Christian, do you know where you were before Christ? Do you know that you were lost but that by the stripes and wounds of Jesus Christ you have since been found? Do you know what you were saved from? Without Jesus you were destined to never know love, to never know joy, to never know peace and rest. You were slaves before Christ, choosing to obey and serve your sinful nature, but in the name of Jesus you are now free! You are free in Christ never to experience slavery and bondage ever again. Is that enough for you to be zealous? Is that the Gospel to you? Upon knowing this Gospel, why would you ever want to go back? What does that former life have to offer you? Have you forgotten the bondage? Have you forgotten the hopelessness before Christ? As a Christian, Jesus must become your everything because before him you had nothing. There was nothing of any enduring worth or value before Jesus. In Jesus, your Savior, you are now truly alive. Don’t go back without an honest reflection of your life before Jesus. Don’t move forward without an honest reflection of your motivation and purpose for serving in the name of Jesus. The Gospel declares that you are alive because of Jesus and therefore everything you do is so that his name, the only name, can become greater while yours continually becomes less. There is no other way. This is the way.