“Zeal is good for a Christian’s own soul. It will help mightily to promote inward feelings of joy, peace, comfort, and happiness. None have so much enjoyment of Christ as those who are ever zealous for His glory—jealous over their own walk—tender over their own consciences—full of anxiety about the souls of others—and ever watching, working, laboring, striving, and toiling to extend the knowledge of Jesus Christ upon earth.” Sermon excerpt from, Be Zealous by J. C. Ryle
J.C. Ryle was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool in the late 1800’s. His writings are as timely now, as they were then.
• Be zealous in leading yourself and your family.
• Be zealous in working for His glory.
• Be zealous in pouring yourself out every week for the souls of people around you.
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)
Continue to remember what an honor it is to serve in a Christ centered community of faith.
As a church we are the living body of Christ. Love, hope and faith are what the Bible demands Christians zealously proclaim.
As J.C. Ryle said, “Beware, I beseech you, of checking zeal. Seek it. Cultivate it. Try to blow up the fire in your own heart, and the hearts of others—but never, never check it.”
Be Zealous and God Bless
Link to sermon: http://www.reformedsermonarchives.com/ryle1.htm