Don’t miss it
I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race. Romans 9:2-3
If you look around today at what is going on in the world, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and become disappointed or even depressed. It looks like the whole earth is going down hill fast. From politics to climate changes, it certainly looks like all of creation is groaning for the children of God to be revealed. (see Romans 8:20) Yet the greatest tragedy is the lack of regard for God or any concern for eternity. Everywhere you go, you can hear people talking about the latest controversy, but forget that there is more to it all.
The apostle Paul knew something about how that feels. In his day all of the people of Israel were waiting for their Messiah, they had been praying for generations for Messiah to come. How disappointing it must have been to the New Testament church when He was so widely rejected by His own people. Especially the religious sect who knew the scriptures and prophecies of Messiah’s coming better than anyone else. Jesus even said when He was here “How hypocritical those are that can predict the weather but cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3 my paraphrase)
In today’s reading, Paul talks about the great burden he had for the Israeli people. He was willing to do anything for them so they would believe that Jesus was their Messiah. He knew they were missing out on the provision Jesus made for a secured eternity with Him and help for this life too. He wanted them to understand the magnitude of the love of God for them, but their pride held them to their traditions and the law. They completely missed it.
Today we face a similar dilemma. How many times do we see people in the church turn all the focus to religious acts or worldly ways instead of their relationship with the Heavenly Father. How many angry people do we see fighting against political leaders and generally everyone around them. Pride is rampant in the church and so many people can see things are bad, but don’t even realize that we have been looking for this time all our lives. The time of Jesus’ return to get His people before that great and terrible time of judgement.
Today I want to encourage you: Don’t miss it! Don’t miss out on the end time harvest that is taking place even right now in our world. Things may look bad, but God is doing great and mighty things too. Determine that you are going to be as productive as possible for Kingdom progress. Jesus is coming back soon, so don’t miss out by being part of the complaining church full of criticism and condemnation. Instead, be part of HIs glorious church without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27).
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 9:1-5