(8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. (9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; (10) Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. (11) For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; (12) That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (13) Now I would not have you ignorant, that oftentimes I proposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among all Gentiles. (14) I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. (15) So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at
“Whom I serve with my spirit.” Paul was “constrained by the love of Christ,” sold out, serving with all his innermost being. He was completely at His Lord’s entire disposal, subject only to His orders. There was no hypocrisy, no greed, nor formality as there is in most so-called service today. Paul’s true service to his Lord was from the very depths of his being — willingly, heartily, joyously. All true service is spiritual, as befits the nature of God. No bodily service is acceptable to Him, which is not informed and animated by a renewed spirit (Rom.1:1-14; Col. 3:10).