I don’t exactly remember when but I know that it was early on in my walk in faith that something spoke very strongly with me and I never forgot it.
“Zeal for your house will consume me.”
If I’m not mistaken (please confirm) it is written in John 2:17.
Upon arriving at the temple and seeing the mess in which it was in, the Lord Jesus became revolted!
He turned over the tables and began to kick out the merchants and all who were there with an objective other than seeking God.
In my mind when I imagine this scene, I see tables, pigeons and feathers flying in all directions!
Aside from the obvious lesson we can learn from reading these facts, there is something else that God showed me with regards to this and since then I began to practice it in my life wherever I go.
The zeal of the Lord’s house consumes me every day.
Please note that this isn’t something that came from me, it’s not in my nature at all! Generally I’m a bit absent minded when it comes to this and I don’t notice things, but after this, I began obligating myself to take notice. It was something that was initiated and that I continue to perfect each day.
I remember that I was already an assistant and after this I began going to church differently.
A small piece of paper on the floor and there I was to pick it up.
Not to mention the bathrooms!!! My mother-in-law is a witness (I’m just not sure if she remembers) but I was constantly buying hand soap, toilette paper and hand towels for drying and even a rug for the public bathroom!! Hehehe
I would always go and inspect to see that everything was alright and I would get upset when I found something dirty or broken.
I also remember the pastor’s and assistant’s kitchen and bathroom- every month I had to buy something to make it better and I liked cleaning the church as well.
Not to mention the Sunday School!
I tell you from the bottom of my heart, I never did any of it to call a pastor or bishop’s attention but since then the zeal of my Lord’s house consumes me and I know that He knows that.
When I awoke to this I also started to perceive that many people don’t know the importance of that zeal which is why I would like to invite you to wake up to this fact.
Task #18 for Becoming a Lovelier Woman
“Now with this “understanding,” you will seek to be more alert to this and you will look for ways to demonstrate to God you zeal for His house.”
Did you notice the bathroom was dirty? What does it take to clean it? You’re not an assistant? So what? That can’t stop us!
Did you see that there aren’t enough cleaning supplies? Don’t wait for someone to ask you, remember that the Lord’s house when you’re off doing your shopping.
Did you see a child doodling with a pen on the church chair? Go over and take the pen away from them.
Did you see a light on unnecessarily, go over and ask someone to switch it off.
It would be great if you could share your ideas here on the blog, for that opens up our minds to see certain things that we hadn’t perceived before.
P.S: The photo above is of members, assistants and pastor’s wives in Houston (USA) that came together when a storm tore the church ceiling in May of 2010 and water began entering the church… Notice their tired yet satisfied faces.