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Devotional - week of November 13, 2011


OUR DEBT TO PAY

 

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  Romans 8:12

 

This statement follows a series of contrasts between walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit which begins with verse 5 and continues through verse 11. Even verse 13 is a continuation of the contrasts.

 

In light of the contrasts, with his statement “not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh,” in a negative way Paul is telling his readers that we are debtors to walk in the Spirit.

 

Because Jesus died as the last Adam which made it possible for believers to walk in the Spirit, we are indebted to Jesus. Few believers seem interested in walking in the Spirit in light of all Jesus went through to make it possible for us to do so.

 

We are indebted to the Holy Spirit because of what He does in our lives to lift us to a far superior life when we are available to His leadership and power. We are indebted to God the Father because we are in His will when we walk in the Spirit.

 

We are indebted to others to walk in the Spirit. Consider what qualities characterize our lives as listed in Galatians 5:22-23 when we walk in the Spirit.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

 

Much of that has to do with loving treatment in our relationships with others.

 

We owe it to ourselves to walk in the Spirit. Do we want to have a ministry to God and others? Do we want to have a life that we could call “fulfilled?” Do we want God to say, “well done good and faithful servant?” Walking in the Spirit by living out our oneness with Christ will fulfill each of these desires.