Philemon 8-16

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Make Yourself Useful


Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. Philemon 11

I keep hearing people mention that while at a Starbucks drive-thru, the car in front of them pays for their order and then pays it forward to the car behind them . . . hot mocha extra whipped cream, paid for! The same thing sometimes happens at the grocery store—a basket of food, paid for! Makes me wonder who is full of kindness that they are able to put smiles on faces and change someone's perspective of humankind, if only for the day! Opening the door for someone, volunteering at the food bank, or offering a smile and a warm hello, can be meaningful ways to feel useful.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Philemon, a brother in Christ, to encourage him to forgive and take back Onesimus, a runaway slave (whose name means useful). Onesimus, now a Christian, had become like a son and had been very helpful to Paul while in prison. Philemon would receive Onesimus “no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother . . . even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord” (Philemon 1:16b). What an incredible statement! Paul presented Onesimus, once a slave, now a free man!

~by Sarah Crotinger