What kind of “debtor” are you in MATERIAL things? Is it important to you to pay your bills on time? Do you want to be known as a “slow pay?” Of course not. Most of us work hard at being financially responsible and having a good credit report.
What kind of “debtor” are you in SPIRITUAL things? You’ve experienced the same grace Paul experienced. You are a debtor to all men just as Paul was. He said in Romans 8:12, “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors; not to the flesh.” Do you feel the same obligation to pay your spiritual debt as you do your material debts?
All believers are “debtors” in two ways. We are “debtors” to GOD. We owe Him everything. Second, we are “debtors” to MANKIND. We owe all people the gospel!
Paul’s debt to mankind was a BURDEN to him. He worried about it. It was constantly on his mind. We need such a BURDEN too. It’s easy to divorce ourselves from the lost world. It’s easy to encircle ourselves with Christian friends and forget the lost. It’s easy to fall into carnality and act just like the lost. The greatest need our church has is a tremendous burden, a grief for those without Christ!
Here are four ways to begin paying your spiritual debt.
- Pray specifically for lost people you know. Prayer is great power in evangelism.
- Work hard at being a faithful example.
- Look for opportunities to share the gospel.
- Support worldwide evangelism by giving to the missions and ministries of your church.