Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
–Titus 2:14 NKJV
You are not saved by good works but you are saved for good works! Good works are the evidence of salvation, not the cause of it. The goal of your life after you have been saved by God’s grace will be to live with a God-ward focus, to please Him.
Philippians 2:13 (NKJV) states, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. God is performing His work in and through believers.
Zeal is defined as the “enthusiastic devotion to a cause, and ideal or goal; and tireless diligence in its furtherance.” The word “enthusiasm” comes from two Greek words: en and theos, or “in God.” So enthusiasm really means “God in you.” Originally people said a person who was enthusiastic was “Full of God.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” God wants us to be zealous about what we believe and to have a worthy purpose for living: praising Him and fulfilling the good works He saved you to do! (See 1 Peter 2:9 & Ephesians 2:10)
- Thank God for the Biblical examples He’s provided regarding zealousness! (Read about Elijah in 1 Kings 19:10).
- Ask God to help you be enthusiastic – zealous – for His work around you. (See Galatians 4:18 NKJV)