I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.

(Philemon 10-11 NLT)

The name Onesimus means “useful.” In his letter to Philemon, Onesimus’ owner, Paul told Philemon that Onesimus was once useless, but after becoming a Christian and helping Paul in prison, he had become useful, thereby living up to his name. God has called all of us to be an Onesimus. We can become one by doing what Onesimus did–serving God by serving His children. Only God can give meaning to our lives and make us useful.

Serving God makes us useful.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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