“I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:14-16)
To be “in debt” means “to owe something to someone else.” We understand the concept of debt. Most people go into debt when they buy a house, a car, or secure a loan for college. When we become a Christian, we have a double-indebtedness. We are indebted to those who shared Christ with us. We owe them a “thank you” for loving us enough to share Jesus with us. We are also indebted to the lost. The gospel has been entrusted to those who have been changed by it. The reality that we have been changed by the gospel creates an obligation to share it with those who have not.
Questions for Reflection:
Would you be a Christian today if the person who shared Christ with you possessed your current passion for evangelism?
What gets in the way of you discharging your duty to others when it comes to sharing your faith?