Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
Have you ever noticed how much Paul felt the responsibility to get the gospel to the world. He is to the point of willing to be accursed of God so that his people, Israel, could be saved.
It has always shocked me that we today live almost flippant lives, unconcerned about the souls of men and their fate. Some of us use great doctrines to feel no responsibility. Some of us just don’t even think about it.
Paul however said that he felt a great heaviness. That sounds pretty serious. He carried a weight around in his heart and soul for others. He didn’t just feel this occasionally but continually he felt the sorrow in his heart.
As we prepare for our mission’s conference I want to ask you what you feel. What do you feel for those that you work and live with? What do you feel for men and women around the globe that have never heard the gospel?
Does the mission’s conference or world evangelism get a little too heavy for you? Does it cause you to think and feel things that are uncomfortable? Do you try and miss the mission’s conference to not be reminded of things that put so much pressure on you or make you feel so uncomfortable?
What about on a weekly basis? Does it bother you that you are regularly reminded of people that need to be saved and our responsibility to get the gospel to them?
Do you try to escape this great heaviness and continual sorrow? I for one am glad that we can feel it. I never want to become complacent with what is happening around the world.
I challenge you to begin thinking in terms of what part God would have you to play in getting the gospel to the world.