Re:Verse reading–Romans 9:1-8, Romans 10:1-21 (day five)
It’s a burden that teachers carry, the desire for their students to “get it”. Whether to learn a behavior or understand a concept, the good teachers always speak in these terms about goals and objectives for those in their classes.
Paul has a burden for a deeper and more meaningful goal. He is burdened for salvation to capture the hearts of his “kinsmen”. Romans 9:1-2 “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.” Romans 10:1 “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” Paul’s burden is for his brethren to “have it”- a saving encounter with Jesus. He knows what we should know. When you “have it”, the Holy Spirit works in the heart and mind of the believer so that they “get it”. As we share the gospel and pray for the salvation of friends, neighbors, and others, our desire and burden should be for them to “have it” first and foremost.