The Apostle Paul says in Romans 9:3, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”
This is a startling verse. The way the Greek reads, Paul is saying something like, “If I could give up my salvation, though I can’t ... I would give it up so that those I love could know God’s grace and love.”
Do you love someone like this? Do you love someone with such an urgent love that you would be willing to be forsaken so that they could have fellowship with God?
Where would Paul get the idea of this love? The picture of this kind of selflessness?
Could it be that Paul’s vision was so full of Jesus that this was the overflow? Jesus, the Son of God, who came down from Heaven in order to be forsaken by the Father, so that we might enjoy fellowship with God.
May God give us just a thimble of gospel urgency like Paul!
→ What are you most passionate about sharing with others?
→ What holds you back from bringing the good news of Jesus from those who haven’t trusted in Christ?
“Father, I know your love is the best thing for me and the world, but I so often settle for sharing everything but this love with those around me. Would you give me a deep urgency to bring the good news of Christ’s love to those who need to hear?”
Adoration: Praise God that He did not overlook you.
Confession: Confess what holds you back from proclaiming the gospel.
Thanksgiving: Give thanks that Jesus was forsaken so that you might enjoy salvation.
Supplication: Pray that God would give you the boldness to invite ______________ (A neighbor, a friend, a family member, a co-worker, etc.) to follow Jesus.