Good grief…where is MY passion for the Gospel? It consumes Paul to the point of producing "great sorrow and unceasing grief…for the sake of my brethren…"
For awhile now I've fealt that "we"—the present church, at least in America—don't understand what it means to "live" the Gospel, or at least what it originally meant to the early church. Paul and company understood that every person only had the smidgen of time contained in this life on earth to make the decision that would decide their life for all eternity. They truly understood that Christians only have the tiniest of life spans to spread the Word, non-believers only the same to hear and accept. The disciple of Christ in the early church was a model of striving for a life that did nothing but live and share the Gospel—everything else was jetisoned, or in the process thereof.
I have participated in too many meetings and conversations where church leadership, ministry participants, and individual believers buy into and propagate the false belief that their "strength" is not "evangelism" and therefore the "logical" conclusion is that God has "gifted" them appropriately to become something else such as a "family-friendly" church or some other politically correct sounding alternative. How "family-friendly" is withholding the Gospel so that entire families spend eternity together in Hell?
Lord, make me passionate for your Gospel! Place the urgency and immediacy that comes with the burden of the Gospel on MY heart. Amen.†††