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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 27

ABCs of Christmas (Z) – Titus 2:13, 14

How zealous are you for the Lord?

The “Z” of Christmas is Zealous. This concludes the ABCs of Christmas, and obviously this also relates to the Lord Jesus Christ. Zealous means to be enthusiastic, passionate, fervent, and eager.

In the Old Testament, Elijah was lonely and having a “pity party.” He said, “I have been very jealous [zealous] for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away” (1 Kings 19:10). God informed Elijah that there were other people who were also zealous for Him.

It is easy for some people to be zealous about a lot of different things and for many different reasons. Paul wanted all believers to zealously seek and use spiritual gifts. “Forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church” (I Corinthians 14:12). Notice that the reason for this was for the building up of other believers—not for praise of themselves.

Paul wrote a short letter to Titus to instruct and encourage him to be zealous in living as a believer. He summed it up by writing, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:13, 14).

Finally, in order to stress the importance of zealousness, the Lord said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19).

Christmas only comes once a year. However, the Lord wants all who have a relationship with Him to be zealous in all they do. This is His plan for you all year long—not just for the Christmas season.