Romans 9:1-5 Life NOT according to your DISC profile
1In the presence of Christ,
I speak with utter truthfulness--
I do not lie--
and my conscience
and the Holy Spirit confirm that what I am saying is true.
This topic is obviously a hot topic for Paul. In 5 different ways he says that he is telling the truth. It's like "on my mother's grave, on the life of my firstborn, swear to God and hope to die". Paul feels very very deeply about this. After his conversion he wanted to be the one to take the gospel to the Jews. Based on his DISC analysis and his SHAPE profile, Paul was sure that he would be the one to win his people to the Lord. Afterall, he was the one who, on their behalf, bitterly persecuted the Christians. And God said "No. I'm sending you to the Gentiles." What a blow that must have been. What a shock. Just when you think you have figured out what to do with your life, God says, "No, I want you to do this...".
Paul in chapters 9-11 of Romans is going to be talking about God's sovereignty. God's sovereignty, his reign, his right to "say so" is not only about the big scope of world events, but also effects everyone of us very personally. Paul's heart was broken by God's sovereignty. Yet he submits to God's will and trusts the Sovereign Lord of the Universe to do that which is right and good. Amen! Thank you Lord. Thank you Paul.
2My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief 3for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed--cut off from Christ!--if that would save them.
"My heart" "My people" "my Jewish brothers and sisters"
"bitter sorrow" "unending grief" "would be willing to be forever cursed, cut off from Christ"
These are remarkable words! Paul wrote these words fairly late in his career as an apostle. He had been hounded and hated by the Jewish religious leaders. His response?: not hate, but sorrow, grief. Paul's response is a broken heart not a bitter spirit! He does NOT feel that he has left them, but rather that they have left him. They have missed the boat. They are still "my people" "my brothers'. He would be willing to go to hell if it meant they would then go to heaven.
I have to be honest. I don't have this same kind of passion toward the lost people around me. Sometimes when I share Christ it is dispassionately, clinically done.
Lord, renew in me a passion for the Lost!
4They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God's special children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave his law to them. They have the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises. 5Their ancestors were great people of God, and Christ himself was a Jew as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.