Zealous for God’s Church

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Psalm 69:9 “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.”

People in the world are zealous for what they do, so why should God’s people be any less zealous for God’s church? To expect people to be zealous for God’s church is not a bad thing, nor is it a hurtful thing. How can being zealous for God’s church which will bring blessings be a bad thing? Far too many people are critical or give excuses for their lack of zeal for God’s church, and then they wonder why their church is dying. You will never see your church do anything great until the people of that church are zealous for it.

When your pastor talks about his zeal for the church or you see his zeal for the church, you excuse it away that he is zealous for the church because he is the pastor. However, the verse above is not a statement by a pastor, but by the psalmist who loved God’s house more than anything. The psalmist says, “…the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up…” If only God’s people had so much zeal for the church that it eats them up, it would cause the church of God to do great things for God.

The word “zeal” means to be passionate, enthusiastic, or great energy. In other words, the psalmist was saying that he was passionate for the house of the LORD, and he had great enthusiasm for God’s house. The psalmist says that he had so much zeal that it had “eaten” him up. The word “eaten” means to be consumed. In other words, the psalmist was so consumed about the house of God that it was easy to be passionate and zealous for God.

When you get zealous or consumed for your church, you will find that you won't have an issue with giving time to see your church grow. In fact, when you become zealous or consumed with your church, you will do anything to make sure that your church thrives. There are a few things that will keep you from being zealous.

First, double-mindedness will squelch your zeal for your church and God. A double-minded man will be fleshly and worldly. The double-minded man will be unstable and will exhibit unfaithfulness to his church. You cannot waffle between serving the LORD and enjoying the pleasures of the world and be zealous for God all at the same time. You will never put your all into your church or service to God when your mind is not made up about who you want to serve. You have to make a decision, God or the world. The person who is zealous for their church and God is the person who has burnt all bridges to the world and is all in for God.

Second, a wrong placement will squelch your zeal for the church and God. I am talking about keeping God first in your life. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” God expects to be first place in your life. Any place but first place for God in your life is the wrong placement of God. Whatever is first place in your life is where you will place your zeal. It is not hard to be zealous for God and His church when He is first place. When God is first place in your life and heart, you will plan everything around God. God and His church won’t be pushed aside for personal whims because when He is first in your heart and life, you will be consumed with His church. The fact that Christ gave His life for the church should cause you to place Christ and His church above all.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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