“Zeal for the kingdom”
Nkjv Num. 25:10 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal. 12 Therefore say, “Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; 13 and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.
World English dictionary zeal:
energetic and unflagging enthusiasm, especially for a cause or idea
Zeal: a feeling of strong eagerness or excessive ferver to do something or accomplish some end
* Going totally overboard for something you are passionate about
* The unstoppable force of someone who is absolutely convinced or persuaded
3 arenas where zeal should be seen and demonstrated
1. Zeal for Jesus
2. Zeal for the harvest
3. Zeal for the kingdom of God
Zeal will cause your flesh to do what it normally would not do.
1. submission and obedience
A person who has kingdom zeal will understand the importance of unquestioned submission in heart and lifestyle and unquestioned obedience to command and request
A person who has a kingdom mentality hears authority speaking as god speaking
Honoring the scriptural chain of authority is a key to favor
The blessing comes down through the authority structure.
Respect for authority becomes essential for financial blessing
2. Giving and sacrifice
Would you serve god if there were no benefits?
Not tithing and giving is a lack of understanding of the kingdom
Without zeal you won’t do much sacrificing
3. Zeal for serving
Nas Heb. 12:28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
Nas John 12:26 “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Kjv Deut. 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Matt. 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Humility is always the requirement for servant hood
A zeal to please god and others will promote you to greatness
Luke 22:24 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ 26 “But not so with you, but let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. 27 “For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
We serve God by serving others
Gal. 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another
Jesus said, when you did it to the least of these you did it to me.
Amp Rom. 12:11 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
Rom. 12:11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.