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Zealous by nature

It’s extremely easy to get on with daily life as if God doesn’t exist apart from on a Sunday. The hustle and bustle of a busy agenda and an increasingly long to-do list helps to create the perfect ‘mental environment’ in which to forget about God. Let’s be honest, it’s easy to be reminded of God’s glory and general awesomeness when visiting a beautiful country, and it’s easy to remember that ever faithful lifeline He throws out to us when we’re in need,but how often do we look to God and praise Him in the mundane? In the boring, same old stuff we do everyday? What is often the case is that we seek out God in the extremes: extreme happiness or gratitude for something, or extreme frustration or desperation. So what happens in between? What happens between you and God when you’re sitting at the same desk and doing the same job you’ve done for the past five years? Or what lifts your gaze to the Father while you’re doing the washing up after dinner? I don’t know about you, but I struggle to get inspiration from a sink of lukewarm water with bits of cabbage floating around! The question is then: How do we set our sights on God in the ordinary as well as in the extraordinary? In Philippians 3:20 it says that our citizenship is in heaven. We should be focusing on things above, not this temporary lifetime. Sometimes we get so caught up in daily life we forget where we’re headed as Christians and therefore forget that God deserves our attention 24/7, not just when things are amazing or when they’re really awful…ALL the time. I think part of the problem is a lack of something called ‘zeal’. Zeal by definition is ‘a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favour of a person or cause)’.  There are countless verses in the Bible that talk about God’s zeal for His people – we should strive to have that same passion in our hearts for Him! Jesus is zealous, passionate to see God glorified, people healed and sins forgiven, why would we not go all out to be likeminded?! We need to be hungering after and asking God for a zealous nature like His, one where we delight in Him no matter what place we’re in.


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  1. Have you read “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence? It’s a classic on finding God in the midst of the ordinary and even the mundane…


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