Romans 9-11 As the minister sent to preach the gospel, Paul’s heart is torn because his own people have rejected the Messiah of whom he preached. They saw the evidence of His miracles, listened as He taught, preached, and healed, but they instead cried, Crucify Him! Put his blood on our children and on us. [Matt 27:25] No wonder Paul’s heart is so heavy! But, here’s the sixty-four dollar question we should be asking ourselves, would we be willing to say, as Paul, that we would forgo our time with God in eternity if they would turn and be saved? Are we asking them if we would see them in heaven?
As Paul noted, a partial hardening has happened, and it isn’t just to Israel but to our family members now. Hearts are hard, and souls are leaving earth to spend a Christ-less eternity in the depths of hell. That should grieve us and cause us to consider that question as Paul did. Do we say as Paul: “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart…” [Rom 9:2] Remember this: “the one who believes in him will not be put to shame.” [Rom 9:33]
Who needs to hear the gospel message even one more time? Will you be ready to tell the good news for “God is not willing that any should perish but all come to repentance.”[2 Pet 3:9]