Zeal has been discredited as the tool of the charlatan, but Christians must develop passion and zeal for the Christian way of life and the Kingdom of God.
Jesus' driven, untiring work exemplifies the concept of zeal in Scripture: as holy fervor—virtuous wrath against evil and great ardor for doing good.
It is easy to see the zeal displayed by a Paul or a Daniel and become discouraged, feeling we do not measure up. How can we show our zeal for God and His way?
We have been adopted into the family of God and have become members of God's Kingdom. The Kingdom is here in the same way the church is a spiritual entity.
John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the theme, "An acceptable sacrifice," reflects upon the relative acceptability of the offerings of Cain and Abel. Perhaps God sent fire to totally consume Abel's offering, indicating acceptance of his offering. Interestingly, Abel was totally consumed, becoming the first martyr for faith. …