On Christian Zeal: Part 6

19 Jul

Christian zeal cares for others.

Steve Timmis, in his book on leadership, writes that the members of a congregation are not pawns in the leader’s game of ambition and achievement.  A leader should not view the people he serves as resources to fulfill his plans, but rather, as fellow brothers and sisters, and sheep in need of loving care.

I write all that to say this: As Christians, our focus is oftentimes inward and fails to care for others, both in the church and outside of it.  Yet, another mark of Christian zeal is care for others.  When we are truly zealous, it is not merely for our own personal experience and maturation.  No, it is marked by a desire to see others grow closer to the Savior, in their knowledge of God and His Word, and in their service to the body and the world.

Such a care for others leads people to go to the ends of the earth to proclaim the Gospel; it leads an introverted couple to open their homes up to others for small group; it leads the aging saint to teach kids Sunday school; it leads the young man/woman to start a non-profit to serve the poor and needy in his/her neighborhood.  And oftentimes it is contagious, snowballing into great works for the edification of God’s people, and the loving service of others.

 

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