I was so proud of myself. I actually kept up with the daily Advent blog. Up until the very last day that is. Blame it on too many activities the week between Christmas and New Years Day, but the truth of the matter is, I procrastinated. Sorry.
Nevertheless, this post is timely in that it applies to the New Year.
Z is for Zest
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2:20)
All the biblical heroes we looked at through the month of December approached their appointed tasks with zest. They had down times and even rebelled. But when the moment of truth presented itself, God’s chosen vessels excelled at the undertakings place before them by God. From Adam to Noah, from Joseph to Moses, from the judges to the kings, each faced trials. Each celebrated victories. And along the way, they serviced God with zest.
The events of the birth of Christ reveal the same attitude of enthusiasm toward the Lord’s plan as what we see in the Old Testament leading up to His first advent.
Throughout His life, Jesus did all things with zest. He possessed enthusiasm and joy that was catching to His followers. He commissioned the disciples to tell the world of all they had seen and experienced while they walked with Him. And they did so with zest.
The torch of the gospel has been passed down through the generations to us. Christians have the responsibility to tell the world of Jesus’ atonement for sin and his Second Advent. Let us approach our calling with the same amount of zest we’ve found in the faithful of the past.
We are at the cusp of a New Year—a new beginning. Instead of making a list of resolutions we’re sure to break in a week or two, why not set one goal? Draw closer to God. If we He seek Him in every aspect of life, all things will fall into place. And if you’re one to choose a word for the year, let it be “zest.”
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter Z?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks