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That Whatever Zeal
by Andrew Scribner
04/14/12
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What is passion? Is passion the same as zeal or excitement? Zeal talks about devotion to something, and passion is zeal with emotion. I bet you have something in life to be passionate or zealous about, but how is your passion for God?
Colossians 3:23 says “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
Jesus showed His zeal for the Father when he tossed out the “thieves” who turned the temple into a “den of thieves.”
In the Old Testament, God had also done something like this in Jeremiah chapter 7.
These Biblical events show us that God has a strict purpose for certain things; things to be kept holy. The cleansing of the temple indicates that our Lord was angry at its misuse, and since our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, this should be a clean temple.
What does this mean, practically? That when Colossians 3:23 says to do “whatever we do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,” that means to do whatever with zeal for God. You see, this passage isn’t specific about the activity.
If our body is the temple and God Himself is zealous about His temple – that means that God desires (zealously) that we would be clean of idolatry.
Oftentimes, we go through cycles of blessed, and not blessed. Or free from sin, and captive to sin. What could be wrong? This verse (vs 23) is pretty clear; now read the next verse: “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
God will bless you, if you serve Him. You will experience freedom, if you serve Him.

Andrew Scribner - scribners@gmail.com

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