Read Psalm 119:1–24; Romans 9:1–18
My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them (Romans 9:2–3).
What a noble statement! So noble, most people would find it difficult to identify with the depth of Paul’s longing to see his fellow Jews turn to Christ. Although he realized God’s power to grant eternal damnation, Paul was willing to face it if that would stop his countrymen from seeking salvation through fleshly works.
The choice, however, wasn’t up to Paul, but to God. God sent Paul on a dangerous mission—to carry the good news. Paul faced death daily from those who opposed his testimony (1 Corinthians 15:31). Among those who opposed Paul were his own countrymen, the very people he wished to see saved at any cost. After much rejection, Paul eventually focused his ministry on Gentiles, and he impacted the world. Many of his letters to Gentile churches became part of the Bible.
Despite opposition and hard times, Paul never quit sharing the gospel. That’s an example all Christians should emulate.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to share the gospel.
Quicklook: Romans 9:1–8