This week during the revival in Darlington many responded to the appeal to give their lives to God. We had to remind them that, the moment they receive Christ, He transfers their citizenship to the Kingdom of heaven, and this is their ultimate identity. But even though we Christians no longer have our identity in this world, we are called to love God and our neighbour by humbly submitting to His authority He has set in place for us.
In the scripture, Paul emphasizes that it is out of love for God that today’s Christians will willingly obey the law of God and the law of the land paying taxes etc. By diligently serving in these ways, we show our love to our neighbours and our community. We fulfil our “continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law”. In fact, Bible-believing Christians live in spiritual indebtedness. Indebtedness to whom? To God!
Today, only God can give you the resources by which you can pay your debt to Him and he did this through Christ who paid our ransom and transferred to us His righteousness. He poured into us His Spirit, His power to love and obey. He loves through us so that we can love others. The wonder is that the more you love God, the more God pours into you to love yourself, and to love others, therefore paying your debt of love to the glory of God. Making you a citizen of the kingdom of heaven.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
Yahweh, I know I could never pay my debt to love You and others. Father, that’s why I’m grateful You came to give me life and a heart of flesh. God, thank You for empowering me by Your Spirit to love You and others and find joy and peace therein. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
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