Jesus passionately gave His life for the mission so that we could too.
In Titus 2:14, Paul wrote:
“[He] 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.”
I love what pastor and author John Piper writes in reference to this verse in his book, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die…
“The aim of Christ is not the mere ability to do [good works], but the passion to do them. That’s why the Bible uses the word ‘zealous.’ Christ died to make us ‘zealous for good works.’
Zeal means passion. Christ did not die to make good works merely possible or to produce a half-hearted pursuit. He died to produce in us a passion for good deeds.
Christian purity is not the mere avoidance of evil, but the pursuit of good.”
The fact is, Jesus’ voluntary, purposeful death is so powerful, so significant, that it demands a response of devotion from anyone who pays it enough attention to comprehend it. And that devotion inevitably leads to service, to labor, to work for Him and His Kingdom.
Our zeal is based on His sacrifice. His good work on the cross–truly His passion–is the fuel and the footing for our own passionate good work.