“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.” – Romans 11:13-14
Paul is speaking to the Gentiles here. A Gentile is anyone who is not Jewish. The Jews were the chosen people. They thought they had it made and were “in”. However, both the Old Testament and New Testament salvation for everyone. And that salvation comes only through faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Jews were still trying to earn salvation through works and sacrifices and Paul is telling them they need to believe in Jesus. Since they would not, Paul’s ministry and Gods salvation went to the Gentiles as well.
In these verses, Paul is telling the Gentiles that because of the hardened hearts of the Jews, salvation has come to them too. He goes on to say that he promotes his ministry to the Jews so that hopefully it will cause them to want salvation through Jesus as well. God was using the ministry of Paul to share the gospel to Gentiles in hopes that it would provoke the Jew to do the same.
Think about your life today. Salvation has come to you. Maybe you have accepted Jesus, maybe you haven’t yet. Either way, God is working in your life already. How? For the Christ follower, He is using your life experience and walk with Him to speak to someone else in order to draw them closer to Jesus. God uses our testimony to lead others to Him. For those who do not know Christ or who have one foot in the world and one foot in church, God is provoking you to come to Him through the life of another.
In this chapter Paul talks about being cut off. Did you know that if you continue to deny Christ, there may come a time where He backs off? Is Jesus calling you right now? Don’t wait any longer and be cut off. No more messing around with the world, accept Him today!