I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 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. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. Romans 9:1-5
We can really see Paul’s anguish of what he sees in his fellow Jews. The Jews felt that just being Jewish was enough, but Paul writes that one’s heritage was not enough. They needed to follow God not just rules. Because the Jews were so caught up in the letter of the Law they missed the spirit of the Law and they missed the Christ, their Messiah.
Today there are many people who call themselves Christian who when it comes time for the judgment will hear “I never knew you”. Just as the Jews in Jesus’ time thought all they had to do was follow their rules so today we find many people who think just because they go to church few times or their parents were believers then that makes them Christian. God demands more of us than just showing up a few times at church during the year. God wants a commitment from us. He wants a relationship with us. And the only way to have it is to accept what Jesus did for us.
Every Christian should feel the same anguish that Paul felt for the lost among us. We need to show others Christ by our words and more importantly by our actions. We need to be prepared to answer the questions of non-believers with patience and with love.
Have a blessed day,