Paul’s obligation to others came from an overwhelming sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent himself to express it. The great inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel this same sense of obligation to Christ, so that I preach the gospel to “Greeks and non-Greeks . . . the wise and the foolish”—to every unsaved soul? The spiritual honor of my life is to pay my debt to Jesus Christ in relation to them.

Every bit of my life that is of value I owe to the redemption of Jesus Christ. Am I doing anything to help him manifest his redemption in others’ lives? Only when the Spirit forges inside me a sense of obligation to Christ will I be able to spend myself for him.

“You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). If I have a sense of indebtedness, I know that I am not a superior person but a slave of Jesus Christ. Paul sold himself to Jesus Christ and became the debtor of all. “I owe something to everyone on the face of the earth because of the gospel of Jesus,” Paul is saying in Romans 1:14. “I owe it to the world to preach his word.” Paul’s sense of spiritual honor meant that he was free to be an absolute slave only. Quit worrying about yourself and be spent for others as the slave of Jesus. That is the meaning of being made broken bread and poured-out wine for him.

Wisdom from Oswald

When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, don’t make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, don’t try and make it sweet; take things as they come.  Shade of His Hand, 1226 L