“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” – Romans 10:1-3
It is God’s will that none should parish but that all might be saved. He loves us all and sometimes we love Him back with great zeal but zeal is of little use to God if not applied to obedience. Many have a zeal for God, but they don’t really know God. Therefor, they begin to creat a God of their own making in which to pour out their zeal upon. In this they have turned their zeal against God and into the service of self, idolatry, and even the enemy, that old devil.
We’ve all heard it said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. That is probably more true then most realize. Many a well meaning believer have rush whole heartedly in the wrong direction, pitting themselves against the will and word of God and the flowing of the Holy Spirit chasing their own idea of what’s right with great zeal. All the while, hindering or completely opposing what God has determined to be right for lack of humble, patient, prayerful seeking, believing, trusting, and obeying.
It’s so easy to trust one’s self, ones emotions (or zeal), one’s flesh. It’s often not so easy to trust the Holy Spirit who is nearly always contrary to the flesh. Therefore, most trust and walk in their own righteousness (what they think or “feel” is right), which is zeal but not according to knowledge. Yet very few trust and walk in God’s righteousness (what He says is right regardless of what you feel). For they have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God that they might be led of the Spirit and not of the flesh.
Remember, zeal will send you straight to hell thinking that you are serving God, while the fruits of righteousness by which we will be judged is patients, meekness, long-suffering, gentleness, temperance, love, goodness, peace, and above all faith.
True faith in God will cause you to lay down your faith in self and what you feel is right in every situation, and stop to seek God for what He says is right. You see, faith in Zeal (feelings) bares the fruits of the flesh which is self-righteousness, while faith in what God says bares the fruits of God’s righteousness. Without which, no man shall see the Lord.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:…” – 1 Corinthians 6:9
“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles 12:14
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is (God), and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matthew 7:19-23