The word “zeal” means great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause. People are zealous about all kinds of things but, are we zealous about the right things?
We can be zealous about our team or a hobby. There is nothing wrong with that as long as we keep things in perspective. And in Romans 10, he talked about the Jews who had “misdirected zeal. Paul wrote, “I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal.”
“Misdirected zeal…”. Think about those words.
The Jews were zealous for God. So much so that they interpreted the law to mean some ridiculous things. Paul said they are zealous for God but it’s misdirected.
The same can happen with us. At times, we can form opinions about things that really didn’t matter. Churches may argue about things that really don’t matter. We need to make sure our zeal is directed at things that matter.
For example, I’ve known people and churches who are zealous of preserving the past or preserving traditions. Tradition is not a bad thing as long as it doesn’t become a sacred cow. We need to remember the past and there may be some things that we should do to remind us of the past but, we don’t need to become stuck in the past. Don’t be zealous about protecting something not worth protecting.
What are you zealous about?
We should be zealous for the Lord… but make sure we don’t become judgmental in the process.
We should be zealous for sharing the love of Christ with others..
We should be zealous about prayer.
We should be zealous about helping others.
We should be zealous about encouraging others.
We all should make sure that we don’t have misdirected zeal.