Zeal Like Jesus
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Intro: Zeal is a great thing.
1. Zeal is Instructed
- Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
It is God’s will that each Christian be saved and consecrated and zealous!
Zeal is not based on your personality.
Zeal is expected of every child of God.
- ZEAL: one burning with zeal, used of God as jealous of any rival and sternly vindicating his control, to defend and uphold a thing, vehemently contending for a thing
2. Zeal can be in Ignorance
The Nation of Israel
- Romans 10:1-3 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Saul of Tarsus
- Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
- Philippians 3:4-6 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
3. Zeal can be Inspiring
- 2 Corinthians 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
Godly Zeal begins with:
I. A Relationship with the Father – vs. 16 …make not MY Father’s house…
Jesus had a zeal that was birthed down deep in His soul as a direct result of a relationship with the Father.
The right relationship with the Father goes a long way to creating a true, real, godly zeal.
The more right with God we are, the more zealous we will become!
Notice the church at Corinth after they got right with God:
- TURN TO II CORINTHIANS 7:7-11
II. A Reverence for the Father’s House
Jesus had a zeal that was unique to the Father’s house.
Notice verse 17 – the zeal of THINE HOUSE hath eaten me up.
NOTE: EATEN UP – consumed
- Psalms 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
Our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Ghost.
- I Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We should be zealous about what we allow, about what we do, about what we watch, about where we go.
III. A Rejection of Falsehood
- Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
These money changers were taking advantage of those coming to worship.
They came to worship, and got ripped off.
They came to offer sacrifices, and were robbed.
They came to fulfil their duty, and became victims of crooks and thieves.
Jesus clearly defined His “ministry philosophy” during His ministry.
He cleansed the temple twice: once at the beginning of his ministry, and again at the end. (Luke 19:46)
Jesus would completely reject this modern day “seeker sensitive church growth movement”.
NOTICE: Jesus started out this way, and He ended his ministry with the same passion and zeal for truth.
He didn’t just accept it as the new “norm”.
He didn’t try to figure out a way to incorporate new tactics and new ideas into the House of God.
He didn’t work out a system that would make these thieves and liars welcome to bring their deceit into the temple.
- He chose purity over people.
- He chose morality over money.
- He chose consecration over crowds.
A believer that is consumed with godly zeal will reject anything that is false or wrong.
There will be a low-tolerance for anything that does not belong.
There will be a low-tolerance for sin and wickedness.
- Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
- Psalms 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
Conclusion: How zealous are you today?
Is your relationship with the Father what is should be?
How much sin and ungodliness are you tolerating in your own life?