The Apostle Paul who was given the greatest volume of illumination on the grace of God makes a statement in Romans 1:14 that he is a debtor, “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 everyone 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.’
A debtor is one who owes or is indebted to someone else. I believe in all the blessings, benefits, privileges, and favor we have in Christ as Christians but has any of that ever made you think of what you owe God. Everything we have didn’t start with us, it all came from God, but it shouldn’t end with us. I’m not talking of owe in the sense of paying for blessing but a debt of love and gratitude for all He has done and the responsibility to share it. Does your attitude say, God owes me, or does it say I owe God? Like the old Gospel song says, “If it hadn’t been for Jesus where would I be?”
Story: A wealthy English family once invited friends to spend some time at their beautiful estate. The happy gathering was almost plunged into a terrible tragedy on the first day. When the children went swimming, one of them got into deep water and was drowning. Fortunately, the gardener heard the others screaming and plunged into the pool to rescue the helpless victim. That youngster was Winston Churchill. His parents, deeply grateful to the gardener, asked what they could do to reward him. He hesitated, then said, “I wish my son could go to college someday and become a doctor.” “We’ll pay his way,” replied Churchill’s parents.
Years later when Sir Winston was prime minister of England, he was stricken with pneumonia. Greatly concerned, the king summoned the best physician who could be found to the bedside of the ailing leader. That doctor was Sir Alexander Fleming, the developer of penicillin. He was also the son of that gardener who had saved Winston from drowning as a boy! Later Churchill said, “Rarely, has one man owed his life twice to the same person.” We owe our lives many more times than that, to our Lord and Him alone!
“It hath pleased them verily; and their DEBTORS they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their DUTY is also to minister unto them in carnal things Romans 15:27.”