Rom 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

The Apostle Paul considered himself under obligation or a debtor to preach the Gospel to all people which is also the Great Commission, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature….” This concept of being a debtor, one who owes, one who is obligated, and one who must seems like a hard thing to reconcile for those who claim they are under grace and are under no obligations. Keep in mind that the Apostle Paul who wrote this in Romans is the same Apostle who was given the grace message or the Gospel of the grace of God to testify of Acts 20:32.

I believe that when a person receives a revelation of the true grace of God (1 Peter 5:12) they come to realize they are a debtor to Jesus for all that they are and have. 1 Corinthians 4:7 says,”For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” What do we have that we didn’t receive?

This attitude of being a debtor is a key to being a grateful person. Ungrateful people seem to carry a chip on their shoulder that someone or life owes them. We cannot pay for our salvation but what more does God have to do than what He already did in Christ for us? He doesn’t owe us but we are indebted to Him with a debt of lifelong gratitude.


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in #Debtors, #Gratitude

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: