TRUE ZEAL FOR GOD
As a tree on fire kindles a whole forest
into flame, so a Christian, burning with the fire of heaven, can set ablaze
a continent with the light of truth and the warmth of charity.
A Christian burning with true zeal will not
waste his time with worldly matters that burn up like straw and stubble. He
raises himself to God and aims at heavenly things.
Paul describes the Pharisees as having a
zeal that is not of God, a zeal "not according to knowledge." How
come? "Being ignorant of God's righteousness and seeking to establish
their own, they have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of
God." This is the leaven that corrupted all their good works.
"Zeal for Thy house has eaten me
up," Christ exclaimed. And this is zeal for His house: to do one's best
to set aright what is wrong. And, if you cannot mend it, to endure it and
prayerfully and tearfully mourn over it.
When such a Christian grows old, his body
weakens but his mind is stronger than time. And while his body crows cold in
death, a HOLY ZEAL glows in his heart unimpaired, undiminished, guiding him
to eternal happiness.
True zeal is a sweet gentle flame. It never
calls for "fire from heaven" to consume those who differ from us.
True zeal saves the soul and tries not to hurt the body. It makes us a
source of edification and never a source of destruction.