Philemon 1:8-11, 15-16
Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I appeal to you on the basis of love. I then, as Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me… Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good— no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

This book is only a chapter long and is a letter of appeal from Paul to Philemon, a wealthy man who owned a runaway slave by name Onesimus. Onesimus met Paul after he fled from Philemon, accepted Christ as His Lord and Savior and was now despatched by Paul back to Philemon with a letter which is our text today. Philemon was a member of the church in Colosse and Paul appeals to him as a Christian to another for the life of Onesimus and for his freedom. What caught my attention was the humility Paul shows in his request and the way he brought out the benefit of Onesimus in his new skin, as a Christian brother. What does this story have to do with us today?

As Christians, people are known to serve God by giving of their time and resources to God through the church. We are defined differently as Christians than we are as people who live in the world because we use different standards in both worlds. When we step out of our ‘Christian comfort zone’, we become like the world to the world and we are reminded today that we are to be the same wherever we are and to apply the same standards wherever we go. If we have been changed from within by the grace of God, it is not just in our Church life but in our daily life as well. We cannot be stealing and cheating the world in one hand and giving to God in the other to buy His love. He wants us to give to Him as much as we give of ourselves to the world for His glory. Do you have double standards in your life and what Onesimus’ do you need to correct in your life?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship
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Comments
  1. Faberero says:

    I thank God for yo life as yo articles challenge me everyday in my quest to answer His call upon my life.as for today,s challenge i know i have to bring down lots of barrier that separate my christian life(wat God called me to be and to do)and my so-called normal life(wat i am in the eyes of the world.may God continue to use you to impact our lives with your inspired wisdom of His word.stay blessed

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Faberero
      Thanks for the encouragement and I praise God for bringing you into my life as an encourager. As much as you, I need to weed out so much from my life and I praise God that He does not expect instant change but weeds the junk in our life gradually and in the process makes us like Him.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. Thank you for calling us to be one person, with Him and with the world . . .one person filled with Him. He is not like clothing that can be taken off and put back on. Praying that I feel His check on any double standards in my life. God bless you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      Thank you for relating our walk with God as changing clothes. Never thought of it that way and it makes so much sense. Yes, I am convicted of the double standards I use in my own life and it requires correction. I pray that God will continue to lead us in our walk with Him that we stay faithful and humble to receive His teaching all the days of our lives.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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