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Believers should long for all men to be saved and know the love of Jesus.

Romans 10:1 “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”

What is the correct response to the plight of unbelievers in the face of the knowledge of God’s sovereignty?  Do we simply say, “Well, God is in control.  There’s nothing I can do.”?  Or should our responses be akin to that of the Apostle Paul, who has just spent the entirety of Chapter 9 teaching that God is sovereign over salvation?  Shouldn’t our response be like his for a world that does not know God?  John Piper uses the following illustration to make this point:  What if a plague had ravaged the human population and you knew that your neighbor had not received the vaccination that would save his life?  Wouldn’t it be correct for you to inquire as to why he hadn’t gotten it?  Wouldn’t you do everything in your power to convince him to get the very medicine that would cure him from certain death?  We do not know God’s will for the lives of every man.  We only know the charge we were given by Christ, to preach the Gospel to the entire world.  We also know from examples like Paul that our hearts should rightfully break over those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior and that we should burn with a desire to share with them the only means to life—Jesus Christ.

Study/Meditation:  Read what Paul writes later in Chapter 10, verses 13-15.  What does he teach about our responsibility in spreading the Gospel to all peoples?

*Father, give me a heart that longs for the salvation of the lost.  Give me a longing to spread the Good News to my neighbors and family.  Forgive me when I fail, but help me continue to try.  Amen.