There's a Moment...
In your bones when… When the fire takes over!
Song: Unstoppable by The Score
On January 4th, the basketball teams (boys and girls) played a home doubleheader against Raytown. The girls won it a dominating fashion. Sadly the boys lost, but it was a fun night with many good moments regardless. Lately, I’ve found myself struggling to get the good images, because it’s so much fun to be a fan. I spend more time watching than shooting.
I also struggle because, even though I’m past my prime athletic career, I wish I could be out there. The fire of competition in my soul won’t seem to leave. I’m so competitive in fact, that my wife has to remind me to take it easy on our kids when we play games around the house. I love watching these students play, and I love seeing the competitive fire in them.
I’m reminded when I watch these kids play with so much competitive fire that the LORD wants me to have the same fire for HIM. A word used often in the BIBLE is the word zeal. The word zeal comes from the Greek root word zeo, which means to boil with heat, or be hot. It’s used often for how strongly a person follows GOD.
A priest named Phinehas saved Israel from destruction by how zealous he was. Jesus was zealous also, when dealing with those who would desecrate the temple. Paul was zealous as well.
“It will be a covenant of perpetual priesthood for him and his future descendants, because he was ZEALOUS for his GOD and made atonement for the Israelites.”
“And HIS disciples remembered that it is written: ZEAL for YOUR house will consume ME.”
“He continued, “I am a Jewish man, born in Tarsus of Cilicia but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel and educated according to the strict view of our patriarchal law. Being ZEALOUS for GOD, just as all of you are today.”
“I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely ZEALOUS for the traditions of my ancestors.”
In modern language, zeal is defined as “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.” The men I mentioned above definitely had a great energy in pursuit of a cause. It was visible. You could see it in how they acted. I need to be more zealous. I need to have my competitive fire for GOD be visible.
I’ve always called it competitive fire that I see on the court, or that I feel inside of me in moments of competition. Perhaps it’s actually more accurately defined as zeal. It would be nice if I could show daily the ZEAL I have for GOD as much as I often try to show the zeal that I have for winning a game. As exciting as it is watching/playing a sport, won’t it be even more exciting getting to sit at the feet of GOD some day.