“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“I Am Debtor”
(Please read Romans 1:14-16 KJV)
One of the good old songs goes, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” We sing the words even though they speak of a practical impossibility. We can hardly describe the blessings in general terms, much less “name them one by one.” So we can’t actually count our blessings. But it is a good exercise to try; it increases humility and stimulates gratitude as it reminds us of our indebtedness.
Perhaps we are too likely to think of our debts in terms of money –- like the mortgage or the car payments –- but the debts we need most to count are obligations of another kind. Like Paul, I am debtor, and so are you.
We are debtors to heaven. The blessings of God, particularly the sending of his Son to rescue fallen humanity, are called gifts, and rightly so.
We are debtors to the civil government –- to pay taxes to obey its laws, to honor its leaders.
We are debtors to our families. Who can measure the value of what parents do for their children? What child of honorable parents can be so ungrateful as to feel no debt of love, honor and thanksgiving? Such a debt can never be fully repaid.
In a way, we are debtors to everybody. In our text Paul expressed such a debt and his obligation to preach the gospel to all races and classes of people.
Whether preachers or not, we share in that responsibility. With this broad outline, make it your challenge today to elaborate on some of the details of your blessings, and your indebtedness. That will be a subduing but helpful experience.