Reading in Romans 9 & 10 today, I came across a verse that I have read many times before, and each time find it an almost unbeliveable statment, and today was no different.
The verse I'm talking about is Romans 9:3 where Paul writes, "For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race." In essence, what Paul is saying here, is that he loves his fellow Jews so much, that if it would "buy" their salvation, he would give himself up to be seperated from Christ, literally, that he would be willing to go to hell if it meant their salvation.
To me, this is a huge, huge statement, and it shows the depths of the love that Paul had for people. Paul often gets a bad rap as being hard and stiff, but this verse shows a love that I don't have, and that I don't know that I have seen anyone have.
Who would you got to hell for? Would you go for your children? Before you say yes, think about what it really means. I love my kids. I would give my life for my kids in a heartbeat. But to be honest, I don't think I would give my relationship with Christ for my kids.
This verse makes me examine my life, my heart and my motives for serving God. Do I really serve God out of love, or because it is just what I do? What sacrifices am I willing to make? What am I willing to give up? How deep is my love of Jesus? How deep is my love of the lost? Do I really care that people I work with will die and wind up in hell? If I do care, why don't I do more about it?
As usual, when I take a good look at the scriptures I walk away with more questions, than answers.
Ok, so there's that.