By Bishop David Oyedepo
Many know where they are going but are not ready to give it what it takes. There is what to do to secure the changes you desire this year. If you do nothing, you get nothing! Last week, I told you that prayer is one of the greatest assets you have in seeking Godâ€™s intervention for a desired change. This week, I will teach on the force of zeal as another important factor that should be in place, if you must secure the changes you desire.
Zeal can be defined as the driving force that propels one towards accomplishment in life. It is an essential tool for performance in your career and personal pursuits. It is no mere feeling or emotion; it is a tangible inner force, a drive that is required for any form of achievement or desired positive change in your life.
If zeal is a force for accomplishment, then, there must be a mission or a cause in view. Men of zeal are men with a mission. Zeal is the force that determines whether one will accomplish oneâ€™s mission or not. God never gives a task without giving the zeal to accomplish it. Though in itself, zeal does not get the job done, yet it pushes one on to work at all cost, enduring all difficulties that may confront you in your family. Zeal strengthens one for endurance.
With the force of zeal, mountains become plain grounds and obstacles in the family give way. Zeal pushes one to accomplish the impossible. The force of zeal makes every impossibility to become possible. Jesus, for instance, was consumed with zeal for His mission. With the force of zeal in Him, the opposition of the Pharisees was reduced to nothingness, harsh living conditions meant nothing to Him, and food was meaningless to Him. What then mattered much to Him? Hear Him: “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34).
Zeal is the force that pushes you on, in spite of all odds, to see the glorious end of your mission. You see the glory in front of you and the zeal burns in you, to bring it to manifestation. Jesus, the Son of God, could not achieve His mission without zeal. He was a zealous Master. He saw the joy of accomplishment before Him and it generated a force of zeal in Him that made every obstacle look like a toy. Hebrews 12:2 says: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Zeal helps you to successfully achieve your purpose for your family. Zeal motivates bold steps. It puts off discouragement and distraction. It guarantees steadfastness and rejoices in hope. It is an inner fire that craves for results. The Bible makes us to know that Elijah was a zealous prophet. His hope and cause was to revive the true worship of God in Israel. For this cause, he faced a whole nation and its king.
Also, the Bible makes us to know that Apostle Paul was a zealous man. He had a mission, a cause. He embarked on the accomplishment of his task with all vigour. Seeing the sinners saved was his joy. His zeal knew no bounds! He faced every imaginable obstacle, but none could stand the force of zeal burning inside him. Statements like these by him confirm the great zeal he had for his assignment: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) and “…Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (I Corinthians 9:16).
Friend, what is your assignment for success in your career? What is your mission? What is the joy you expect at the end of it? Fix your eyes on your glorious end and your zeal will know no bounds. Zeal is a fire that burns; it is a force that drives. When it burns, it cannot be quenched; when it drives, it cannot be stopped. If you cannot be stopped or quenched, you must of a necessity, end up having a glorious family via the desired changes in place.
Someone once asked me if I had ever encountered problems in ministry. My swift reply was; â€œMaybe problems came, but I didnâ€™t know they were problems!â€ The zeal of accomplishment made me smile at the face of every obstacle.
Isaac Watts, who invented electricity, was said to have been asked how many times he had failed before eventually coming up with his desired result. His reply was that he didnâ€™t fail once, but only discovered how many ways it would not work! Zeal never accepts failure. It sees every obstacle as a stepping stone to the anticipated change or result. It is time you got clothed with zeal as a garment, in order to enjoy blissful marriage and family.
Friend, you need Godâ€™s grace to be zealous, if you must enjoy a glorious future with the changes you desire. This type of grace is the reserve of Godâ€™s children. You become Godâ€™s child if you confess your sins and accept Jesus as Lord of your life and your family. This is what being born again is all about. You can be born again now, if you are set, as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the Living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
I will continue this teaching next week. The Living Faith Church Worldwide Inc. (the Winnersâ€™ Family) is getting set for SHILOH 2009 which will hold at Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Idiroko Road, Ota, from December 8-12. The event tagged, Hour of Restoration, shall be a mountain of wonders. Come for an encounter with destiny! Jesus is Lord!