Question Marks

Everyone I meet—it matters little whether they’re mannered or rude, smart or simple—deepens my sense of interdependence and obligation.

(Romans 1:14, The Message)

 Here’s what Oswald says today. Every time there’s a question, I’m going to pause and reflect for a minute:

“Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent his life to express it. The greatest inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that same sense of indebtedness to Christ regarding every unsaved soul?”

(Pause: Why did Paul feel so indebted to Christ and obligated to every soul? — Because he used to be a blasphemer and murderer and persecutor. However have I been any less of one? I don’t think so. I should feel the same way Paul does. Do I?)

Oswald continues:

“As a saint, my life’s spiritual honor and duty is to fulfill my debt to Christ in relation to these lost souls. Every tiny bit of my life that has value I owe to the redemption of Jesus Christ. Am I doing anything to enable Him to bring His redemption into evident reality in the lives of others?”

(Another Pause: Hmmm… I think I am doing something, but how much am I doing to bring redemption and hope into the lives of others?)

Again, Oswald continues:

“I will only be able to do this as the Spirit of God works into me this sense of indebtedness.

“I am not a superior person among other people— I am a bondservant of the Lord Jesus. Paul said, “. . . you are not your own . . . you were bought at a price.” ( 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ). Paul sold himself to Jesus Christ and he said, in effect, “I am a debtor to everyone on the face of the earth because of the gospel of Jesus; I am free only that I may be an absolute bondservant of His.” That is the characteristic of a Christian’s life once this level of spiritual honor and duty becomes real. Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus. That is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life.”

The answers you and I have to all those questions will indicate how much we believe that “we are not our own”, and how in debt we feel.


About Tim Harrison

Saved by grace and living my faith out in the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
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