Z – Zealous —> I am challenged and blessed by pictures of families working together at homeless shelters on Christmas day. I’m encouraged by the stories of friends opening the word of God daily during advent season. I love hearing how people go out of their way to help and give to the needy. These are stories that should encourage us and challenged us. Being zealous during the holidays is the easy part. It is two months of focused attention and then it is over.
But, we do we do when the boxes are in the trash and the decorations are nicely stored for another year? How do we continue demonstrating our zeal for Christ day after day after day?
First, commit to family Bible reading. Your kids need you to be the spiritual leader in your home. Teach them the things of God. Don’t think they will “catch it” at church or at their Christian school. Be intentional about pouring the Word of God into their thirsty souls. Pray together more than just at meal time or bed time. Let them hear you petition God for needs and thank Him for His provision.
Next, be servant minded throughout the year. Choose a different project each month or find a place to minister as a family throughout the year. Visit nursing homes or children’s hospitals, buy groceries for shut-ins or be transportation for those without in your church, open your home to neighbors, teach English, clean yards, shovel snow, and the list goes on.
Find a way to get involved in the lives of others. Yes, it’s messy. Yes, it takes time. And yes, it is life changing. It will not only serve as an example of Christ to the world, it will enrich your days.
Paul wrote, “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”
As we continue our zeal, our passion, to help others, may God grant us opportunities to share His Truth with those around us. And, may our families be rooted and established deeply in the faith of Jesus Christ.
Duet. 6:6-9, Deut. 15:11, James 1:27, James 2:14-17,1 Jn. 3:17, Mt. 5:16, 42, Titus 2:13-14, Jn. 15:12