Galatians 4:18 Be Zealous For The Right Purpose

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

Being zealous is one showing great enthusiasm or excitement for something. Nearly every person has something that they are zealous about. Some are zealous about sports, or movies, or music, or clothing. Others get zealous about politics or religion, or philosophy.

Whatever a person is zealous about, they seek and push with all of their focus and abilities. It is what gives them energy and excitement. Some will use their zealous drives for good, while others use it for the negative.

As Paul talks about those following the law, he brings up about people being very zealous. He says it is good to be zealous, as long as the purpose is good and to be so continually.

It is very easy for a believer to be zealous about following God when he is around other believers. Yet, when alone or with non-believers, many drop their zealous push for following God. They allow themselves to fall into sinful practices and turn their hearts away from God. Often they become zealous about the things of this world, rather than the things of God.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He was zealous to do the mission God had sent Him to do. He pushed hard to spread the message from God for salvation of the people. He was so focused and zealous that He did not allow anything to detract Him from His mission, including death upon the cross.

Every believer needs to the zealous feelings that Jesus had. They need to strive with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength to do the work God has called them to do. Their zealous purpose must be the eternal, God-focused purpose, not the temporary, worldly purpose of this world.

At the very moment you chose to believe in Jesus, you were given a purpose by God to be on this earth. It is to be His witness and to worship God.

Instead of being zealous about the temporary things of this world, focus on the eternal things of God.

What can you do to build God’s kingdom? How can you worship God more? How can you encourage others to build God’s kingdom more and worship God more?

Be zealous for the right purpose in this life–God’s eternal purpose.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will be zealous to do God’s work; that you will be zealous to worship God more; and that you will be zealous for God at all times, everywhere you go.

2 Corinthians 5:9 What Is Your Ultimate Goal?

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Goals are something that nearly everyone talks about and many strive to make, while many others totally ignore. Those who are able to set a good goal and focus on it, usually are able to attain it with much work and perseverance.

Since it often takes a lot of work and focus to accomplish most goals, most people don’t really set them with full accomplishment in mind. They quit before they even have begun.

After talking about being away from the body, dead, it means to be at home with the Lord, Paul says that he makes it the goal to please God, whether in the body or away from it, alive or dead.

The goals the world is most often known to focus on and aim for are personal health, wealth and happiness. Some will set goals to help others in some social way. In all of these goals, the focus is on temporary pleasure and happiness of self or of others. Everything in this world will eventually fade away and be destroyed.

God is the only one who is completely eternal and owns everything. It is He who made this earth and every person in it. Since He is the head person, everything should be about pleasing Him.

Those who are true believers in Jesus realize that all they have and all they are is because of what Jesus had already did for them. In light of this revelation, their goal is to please Him in every way possible.

Pleasing God means one continually turns away from sin, immediately repents of any sins, strives to live as Christ lived, and strives to bring others to the Lord and help them live as Christ lived. God does not desire anything less or anything more.

Looking at your own personal life, what do you see as your greatest goal in this life? Do not allow it to be on temporary things that will perish and fade away, but on things that will last for eternity.

Only two things will last for eternity: your soul and the souls of everyone else around you. Focus on pleasing God with your life and with the lives of others. Be holy like God is holy.

Make it your goal to live as Jesus lived and you will please God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your goal in life will be to please God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will point others towards Jesus; and that God will help you turn from the ways of this world.

John 7:6 Waiting For The Right Time

Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

Impatience is something that a lot of people have while they have to wait for something. Nearly everyone wants something and they want it right away. It cannot get there fast enough.

The wisdom of man thinks that now is the time for things to happen. Instead of looking at the bigger picture and timing of everything, all one does is look at immediate, personal desires or the situation in the moment. Things often get rushed and end up leading to disaster.

Due to leaders wanting to kill Jesus, the disciples urged Jesus to leave the area of Galilee. Jesus said He could not go, because His time had not come to leave.

Waiting is difficult and even more difficult when there is a high possibility of danger involved. Unless someone is a procrastinator, most do not like to wait. People like to keep moving and keep the action going forward. Things cannot occur fast enough.

God works on a larger time table of eternity. Although man is finite here on this earth, God is looking at the larger picture of eternity.

He is willing to wait for the perfect time for an event to occur, regardless of how long it may take. And in reality, even if it takes a thousand years, it is just a slight moment in light of eternity.

It is common among believers to have the same mindset as the world does–needing things or to move right now.

Instead of jumping ahead of God, a believer must be willing to wait on His timing. Being patient and waiting will allow for the perfect time to come and things to work out better than could ever have been expected.

There is probably something that you are waiting on God for and desire it right now. Instead of fretting and fearing it will be too late, put your trust in His timing.

God has a reason for causing you to wait. He is waiting for the perfect timing of everything to be set up right to meet that need, move you forward or to stop something.

Realize that God is working on an eternity timetable, not the temporary one of this earth. While you are waiting, God will not allow anything to occur to you that is not in His plan for your good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s timing in your life; that you will wait for God’s direction to move; that you will not fear what man can do, but trust God’s protection; and that God will reveal His plans for you in the right time.

Luke 21:34 Be Careful About Being Weighed Down

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. Luke 21:34

For most people life is very busy. The majority are struggling with working to provide what they need, or think they need, day by day. Others are busy ignoring provision of actual needs to be able just party and have fun.

Both groups of people are focused on something in this life, either provision of needs or provision of fun. Often they are not looking to the far future.

Right after telling the people about what will happen in the end times, Jesus gives them a warning. He tells them to be careful to not be caught up in partying or the anxieties of life. Both are a trap.

There is nothing wrong with having some fun. However, some want to have fun all the time. Some believe that getting drunk is the best way to have fun, helping them to forget their problems and needs.

In the process of having fun, it is easy for a person to forget the time and all responsibilities. Instead of moving slow, time slips away very quickly when a person is having fun.

The same goes for those who are anxious about provision, both for now and in their future. Some will focus on work so much that they miss the here and now. Inside the church, this very problem also exists.

Many get caught up in the temporary things of this life and lose focus on God. They begin to forget to keep an eye looking forward towards the return of Jesus.

In doing this, many will be caught unaware of the return of Jesus and miss His return. They are not doing what God has called them to do.

As with most people, you probably have a very busy life. There are lots of things to do, plus you want time to relax and have fun.

In the process of getting all the things done and relaxing, do not allow yourself to forget about serving God. In reality God should be first on your list of to do things, then all the rest. As you put God first, He will take care of the rest. Then when Jesus returns you will be ready and see Him.

Do not allow yourself to be trapped with the temporary things of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on serving God first; that you will put what God desires first in your life; that you will cast all anxieties upon God; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from worthless things of this life.

Jude 1:20-21 Built Up In Faith And Prayer

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21

When someone talks about being built up, he is often talking about physically, emotionally or in a position socially. On a regular basis people go to a gym to build up the physical bodies. Many will seek to be built up in positions at work or in their community. Still others work at being built up in their emotions.

All of these things are for temporary build ups.

Jude tells the people to build themselves up in their faith and by praying in the Holy Spirit. The purpose is to keep themselves in God’s love while waiting for the return of Jesus.

While the world is seeking to build themselves up in temporary things of this world, the believer is also to build himself up in something different. The entire focus of a believer is not the temporary, but the eternal.

Everything that a believer does is with a focus that some day Jesus will return to take him home with Him for all eternity. This is a hope that cannot be seen with the physical eyes, it is faith that what God’s word says is true.

At the point a person becomes a believer he has some faith in God. This should not stay at that point, but continue to grow more and more. Over time a person’s faith in God should grow stronger as he sees God’s faithfulness.

In order for this faith to grow, one must also be praying in the Holy Spirit. This is allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his prayers.

Building one’s faith and prayers will keep one in the center of God’s love.

Regardless of how much you work on building yourself up in the temporary things of this world, work more at building up your faith in God and your times of prayer.

Work to trust God more and more each day. Take more and more time to spend time communicating with God in prayer. Allow His Holy Spirit to guide your prayers, so that they will be effectual and fervent prayers that accomplish great things.

Keep growing as you wait for the return of Jesus to take you to heaven for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your faith in God will grow daily; that you will pray more each day; that your life will be focused upon God’s eternal promises; and that you will stay in God’s love till Jesus returns.