“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.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 30, Psalm 120, and Galatians 3-4.
The Galatians has become situational enthusiasts of the Gospel.
Paul calls them on this. Their zeal must be full-time.
I think of how excited I get about Godly things when I attend a weekly Bible study. Amid kindred spirits, it is easy to be excited about all that I’ll do and say when I leave the study. Then I leave and my words are harnessed by a drive to fit into where I am.
Paul wasn’t like that. What he believed reached the surface in all settings. Good way to get extremely unpopular in a hurry! But he didn’t want to live any other way. Consistent zeal for God drove him.
Then there’s me. What drives me? If I was accused in court of being a believer, would there be any evidence to back up the charge? How about you?
I need to be filled with God. In fact, I need to be filled to overflowing. That “overflow” will generate a zeal for God that is authentic not construed.
“Lord, direct hits on me in this verse. I am far too hesitant in speaking of You. I need You running my life. I need You calling the shots. I want that. I want to love You as You have loved me. Push me, I beg, in those directions. You are my God.”
Where are you on the Godly zeal scale? Ten is the “Paul” level. Zero is the invisible level.