The Christian’s Debt

March 1, 2016

                                The Christian’s Debt

In Romans 1:14-15 the Apostle Paul said he was in debt. Here is what he said. “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.   So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.”  He was in debt to a lot of people.  When we are in debt we are under obligation to pay.  The debt Paul is talking about here is that of giving the gospel to all these people.  His obligation was first of all to God.  God had saved him, called him, and enabled him to preach the gospel.

The people to whom Paul was indebted weren’t aware of the fact that he owed them anything. Some didn’t even want to hear what he felt obligated to tell them.  His debt, therefore, was to God because he had called him and commissioned him to take the gospel to all these people.

We too are under the same obligation. Most of us haven’t been called and commissioned by God like Paul was.  God still expects all of us to be his witnesses.  Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

This verse says that we become witnesses when the Holy Spirit has come upon us. According to Romans 8:9 all born again Christians have the Holy Spirit. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”  If we have been saved we have a relationship with God.  We have something to tell others about.

In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus left us with what is called “the great commission.” “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost:   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  He made no distinction about who was given the command to go and make disciples.  That gives us reason to think that it is for all who are God’s children.

Also in Romans 10:13-15 the Apostle Paul gave us some important questions to think about. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.   How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?   And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”  Obviously God has left all of us with the obligation of reaching this world with the gospel.  That means that we too are debtors just like the Apostle Paul.

From reading the book of Acts we see that the first Christians took seriously the obligation of carrying out the great commission.  Acts 8:4 says that when they suffered persecution “they went everywhere preaching the word.”  The message of the gospel spread rapidly because these early Christians didn’t hesitate to tell others what Christ had done for them.

We are without excuse for not paying our debt to those around us.  We have facilities at our disposal that the early Christians didn’t have.  All of the following are tools we have to help us evangelize the world:

Printed material

Radio

Television

Movies, now in DVD format that we can watch at home

The social media

Web pages

Even the telephone

If the early Christians could make the gospel known without these tools, we have no excuse for not doing it in our day.

What are you doing to make others aware of God’s great salvation?  Does it matter to you that those without Christ are lost and destined for eternal punishment?  How long has it been since you shared the gospel with someone?  There may be some who will never hear if you don’t tell them.  If you fail to tell them you may have to answer to God for it.  Let God lay a burden on your heart to reach others with the good news of salvation.

 

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