For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.Isaiah 9:6-7
God has zeal or jealousy or passion for the things He has created. His love consumes Him in a zealous fire to do good. He is invested totally in His dealings with mankind. His eyes are in all the earth, just waiting for someone, anyone to call upon His name in prayer. He doesn’t waste time. He is always using 100% of His power and abilities to serve mankind. Mankind is likewise made in God’s image to use 100% of our power and abilities to serve God and mankind. The zeal God has put within us should motivate us to do good with all our hearts.
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.Psalm 69:9
This is a prophecy of Jesus Christ, which was fulfilled when He went into the temple and drove out the money changers who were making His Father’s house a house of merchandise. Such was the zeal, such was the love, such was the passion in the heart of Christ that He was compelled to ACT. Zeal cannot sit still for very long. It has to act out the love that is burning in its heart. It was zeal for God and for mankind that motivated Christ to suffer and die on the cross. We are called to follow that example, pick up our cross and die to ourselves on a daily basis, serving God and others before ourselves.
For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.2 Corinthians 7:11
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.Revelation 3:19
Godly sorrow for our sins should produce in us a desire to do what is right, all of the time, pleasing God in all things. Jesus Christ commands us to be zealous and repent. Zeal does no good unless it leads to a change of mind and heart. That’s what repentance is. With the same fire and passion that you used to live for sin, let God turn your heart around and use that fire and passion to do good for God and others. We should have a burning heart of passion for God, leading us to revenge our past way of life in sin.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.Romans 10:2
The natural Jews had and still do have a zeal in their hearts, for what they think is the way of God. It used to be the way of God, but the Old Testament has now been fulfilled in the New Testament through the blood of Jesus Christ. Their thinking is outdated, yet they still go about doing their own works, which are powerless. Zeal only profits when it is found in the way of righteousness. We need to make sure we have knowledge of the Word of God, specifically the New Testament, which is the Testament or covenant that we are living under. Zeal does much good when it is done according to Godly understanding of love. We must study the Word of God in detail before we go about to do good. If we are ignorant of God’s ways, our zeal will just produce more religious noise and works that don’t have eternal value.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.Titus 2:14
Jesus gave Himself for us in His zeal for us, that He would create a standard of zeal for good works. We can be zealous of good works, because Christ has shown us how to do good works. They are done by trusting in God and Christ, not trusting in our own understanding. When we walk in the same Spirit as Christ did, we will do the works of the Father. Men will see those good works and glorify God. It’s clear that the works belong to God and did not originate with man. Let God influence you through the grace of His Word, the Bible. It’s good to be passionate and zealous of doing good for the benefit of God and others. It’s addicting! The more good you do, the more you want to do good. This is the consuming fire that God lives in. Christ came to set us on fire. Let the zeal and fire of God burn within your heart, motivating you to study the Bible, memorize the Bible, preach the Bible, live the Bible, pray the Bible and live for God and His Son Jesus Christ. Amen.