This part of Paul’s letter to the Romans really explains the truth of Jesus. Paul is so emotional that he makes the rash statement that he would rather be cursed by Jesus and have them saved if that is what it takes. He does not understand how they can be so hard-hearted. They are the adopted children of God. They have the law. God has given them instructions on how to worship, we would call it the liturgy today. They had many prophets to lead and guide them. And the greatest of all is that Christ came, in the flesh, to redeem them. Why they do not want to believe is extremely frustrating and disappointing to Paul. He wants to see them saved and not lost.
Paul echoes the same sentiment anyone who has ever shared the faith with anyone else. Our hearts are on fire for Christ. We want to share the love of God. We want everyone to experience God in such a wonderful fashion. And instead, we are met with stone cold faces, ridicule, and mockery. Do we not turn to God, as Paul did and cry out “Why, Lord? Why won’t they listen!” Then we try to self-evaluate, putting the blame on ourselves. We should have said this. We should have done that. So many what ifs and we drive ourselves crazy trying to overanalyze everything.
We have forgotten. God asks us to plant the seeds in some people. Nourish the seed in others. But with all this, God wants us to get out of the way and allow Him to do what He does best. Convert hearts. And this conversion takes place on God’s time, not ours. So, scatter the seeds widely and freely. If someone rejects you turn them over to God. He knows what His plan is for that person. You go about your mission to share the gospel with others. Amen
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen