Christ says that the church of the Laodiceans is lacking in ZEAL. Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Have you ever stopped to think WHY God finds Zeal so important?
Look at what Solomon said: (Ecc 9:10) Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
In the summarized bible it explains this passage like this: “While there is life there is opportunity of preparing for death, and since death is certain, it is our wisdom to make the best possible use of life while it lasts, cheerfully taking our share of life’s enjoyments, applying ourselves diligently to life’s business, and being governed by divine wisdom in all its affairs.” Now that is written to anyone and concerns our physical life only.
Have you ever seen someone who has a zest for life? They are full of energy enjoying each day and getting the most out of what life has to offer. You can readily see that they appreciate what they have been given and wish to enjoy it to the fullest.
But what about the Promise of Eternal life that we have been given? Do we seek after it with all our might? Do we have a Zest for that Promise of God, do we truly APPRECIATE the calling that we have been given? Or are we like Esau who was so disinterested in his birthright that he was willing to sell it for a bowl of porridge. God shows us His feelings about that: Heb 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. God considers a person like Esau as “profane” that is to say ungodly and heathenish when you look at the Greek words.
He tells us to walk WORTHY of our calling: Eph 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called, ISV
So one aspect of being zealous shows God that we respect and appreciate that calling that we have been given to be part of the Firstfruit harvest of God. But there is another part of being zealous that speaks to our ability to overcome. He says that our struggle is a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness: Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the devil’s strategies.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.
There is a constant struggle going on to reach our hearts and minds and turn us away from God. Paul goes on to show us the tools that we have been given to fight those battles; Eph 6:13 For this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.
Eph 6:14 Stand firm, therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and being firm-footed in the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16 In addition to having clothed yourselves with these things, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one,
Eph 6:17 also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Most of us are familiar with these spiritual instruments of warfare. Yet as I mentioned in an earlier post, ZEAL is also part of those tools to make you successful in your battle with satan and his minions. Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. Think about why ZEAL would be an important tool when you go into battle?
Any soldier going into battle must be pumped up and full of zeal. I mean think about it, how effective would a soldier be in he had a lukewarm attitude toward the battle that was going on around him. How long do you think he would last? Likely he would be the first casualty of the battle. A soldier must be at peak efficiency when in a fire fight, he must do like Solomon suggested, doing everything with all his might.
The Church of the Laodiceans is losing the battle for their hearts and minds to satan because they simply do not have the zeal they need to win to contest. We really need to each of us look at ourselves and see if our level of zeal matches the Calling that God has given us. We need to pray for that Zeal because Christ says that there are two things he wants the Laodicean church to do and that is to become Zealous again and to repent of the lukewarm uncaring attitude that they have had toward that Calling that was given to them.
What about you brethren are you really ready to go into a fire fight with satan today?