Influence: What is Zeal ? | What is Reproach ?

imagesWhat is Zeal? That is a good question you may or may not agree, but what do we truly understand what is meant by zeal when David in Psalms 69:9a wrote: “Because the zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproach of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”

Zeal can be described as being: devoted, eager, earnest, enthusiatic, passionate etc. while being reproached because of someone else can beat be described as showing disapproval, disappointment, or disagreement with you, not because of anything you have done, but because you are having to bear the brunt of what someone else may have said or done.

In the Gospel of John 2:13-17, we are given a picture of Jesus cleansing the outer court of the Temple by chasing out those who were in the market place making a living by selling merchandise in the outer court of His Father’s House. And Jesus in verse 16 responds thus:

And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise” which triggers the memories of the disciples as shown in verse 17:

“Then His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘“Zeal for Your house has eaten Me (has consumed or will eat me) up’” (Paraphrased).

Concerning burdens, Romans 15:3 writes that “Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”

Zeal for God’s house, however, can get us into trouble, so we must keep our egos in check. We must weigh the scales (have balance) when it comes to having zeal concerning our relationship with God, and for the working of the ministry that involve His House. Remember that it is “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Let us not: (E) Edge (G) God (O) Out! Let us weigh in our checks and balances. Let us not allow the positive traits to turn into negative influences. 

In the book, Egonomics by David Marcum and Steve Smith, there are personality traits that we need to keep in check. Ego should always be kept in balance or you risk brushing off the wrong way.

  • If you’re assertive, you risk coming off pushy.
  • If you’re analytical, you can be interpreted as pessimistic.
  • If you’re flexible, you can seem like a pushover.
  • If you’re charismatic, you risk being manipulative.
  • If you’re committed, you may be overbearing.
  • If you’re decisive, you can be seen as hasty.
  • If you’re dedicated, you may come off as stubborn.
  • If you’re directive, you risk the interpretation of dictatorial.
  • If you’re passionate, you can be overzealous.
  • If you’re dependable, you may be rigid.
  • If you’re optimistic, you can be interpreted as unrealistic.
  • If you’re open-minded, you may be indiscriminate.
  • If you’re discerning, you can be judgmental.
  • If you’re loyal, you may be interpreted as blind.
  • If you’re trusting, you can often be seen as naive.
  • If you’re strong-willed, you may be seen as inflexible.
  • If you’re pragmatic, you might be uninspired.
  • If you’re self-confident, you can be self-absorbed.
  • If you’re straightforward, you often can be considered inconsiderate.
  • If you’re alert, you may be anxious.
  • If you’re diplomatic, you risk being politcal.
  • If you’re determined, you may come off as stubborn.
  • If you’re courageous, you risk being reckless.
  • If you’re innovative, you may seem impractical.
  • If you’re disciplined, you can be restrictive.
  • If you’re smart, you may come off as a know-it-all.
  • If you’re independent, you may come off as detached.

Each positive quality can quickly be transformed into a negative.

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