UNDER OBLIGATION

Scripture Reading:  Romans 1:8-15

“I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.  So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” (Romans 1:14,15)

Paul clearly understood that he had been released from his debt to sin through the work of his Savior, Jesus Christ.  He knew that God had saved him by grace through faith.  He also realized that because of all that God had done for him, he now had a new obligation — to proclaim the gospel of God’s grace to others.  This is true of everyone of us who have experienced God’s gracious gift of salvation.  We are obligated to tell others about it.

Paul wrote these words to the Corinthians — “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making HIs appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”  (II Corinthians 5:18-20).

God has given us this ministry of reconciliation.  We are Christ’s ambassadors who are to represent Him here on earth.  We are to implore others to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ crucified, dead, and resurrected.  This is the message of the gospel.

Christ has called us to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8).  We must remember who we are and what we are called to do — “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Peter 2:10).  We are obligated to share the gospel with others!

Lord Jesus, You have called me to be Your witness and Your ambassador.  You have given me the ministry of reconciliation.  I am to do all I can to persuade others to come to You as I proclaim Your excellencies to them.  Give me an opportunity today to represent You and to share the good news of the gospel with others.

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