Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. - Romans 10:1
My mother returned from Beirut, Lebanon a few years ago after celebrating the 50th anniversary of a church that my grandfather planted. One of the long-time members shared a comment that will stay with me for the rest of my life. He said, “Mrs. Edwards your father loved the people of Lebanon even more than me and I am Lebanese.” What a compliment to my grandfather! I would listen to story after story of his love as it was not just for the people of Lebanon but more so for the lost souls.
I am reminded of Paul’s writings in Romans chapter 10:1.
Paul expresses great concern with his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ for the desire that had been placed in his heart. This was something that he wanted to share and not simply keep it to himself. We see as the verse continues, it simply didn’t stop at just having a desire but it was then followed with prayer and supplication to God, The Father. His desire was that Israel be saved!
Do we have the desire in our hearts for the lost? Do we spend time on our knees before The Lord praying for our families, communities, and country? Have we lost the desire to share the Gospel? Have we lost the desire as a disciple to make disciples of Jesus?
Leading up to Resurrection Sunday, my encouragement is to use this time with The Lord in prayer asking for a new-found desire and urgency to see those around us come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I leave you with one of my favorite verses in the Bible that challenges us to live on mission.
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” Romans 10:14
Father, lead us to have your heart for those around us who have not heard the good news of Jesus. Grant us not only the desire to share the Gospel but the boldness to do it. Amen.
By Benji Edwards