Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for his own possession who are ZEALOUS for good works. (Titus 2:13-14)
Wow! Think about that. We are to be ZEALOUS for good works. What a great thing to teach our kids!!!
But how zealous ARE we about God works? I mean, what does that even mean?
Here’s a great illustration to show your kids the meaning of the word zealous.
Zealous comes from the Greek word zelos which means water bubbling over, as in boiling from heat. That’s how fervent we should be about serving the Lord. We should be bubbling over with desire to reflect God’s love.
Is your child a sports fan? What’s his/her favorite team?
I live in Chicago Cub territory and you can’t go very far without seeing a “W” flag flying from someone’s garage, or seeing someone wearing a Cub shirt, or seeing a Cub bumper sticker on a car. People around here are BIG Cub fans. They (we) are zealous for our team. We all know the words to the song that fans sing after every home game win “Go Cubs, Go.”
That’s being zealous, boiling over with enthusiasm. That’s what our attitude should be when it comes to serving the Lord.
Soon your kids will be out of school. Or, you may be starting a summer kids’ ministry. What can you and the kids do to be “zealous” for good works?
*Have a backyard Bible club for neighborhood kids?
*Work together to clean up someone’s yard?
“Go on a family missions trip?
*Help at a Christian camp?
*Write letters (yes, handwritten) letters to relatives letting them know how much you appreciate them?
*Collect food for a food bank?
*Earn money to purchase toys for a shelter? (Allow kids to choose the toys you’re donating.)
Or maybe doing what we’ve been doing, but a new zealous attitude.
Think about it.
Boil over this summer as you zealously serve the Lord.