Onesimus: Slave

February 18, 2008 at 10:21 am 1 comment

st-onesimus.jpgThe sermon topic last night?  Onesimus…run-away slave of Philemon.   Goes right along with my thoughts on “piercing” the last few days in relation to bond servants of the New Testament times.

After he was saved, Paul was trying to restore Onesimus to his owner, where he belonged.  It was right for him to return.

Still had the topic on my mind this morning and was looking to see if there was more information about this slave.  Wikipedia has this to say about Onesimus, “just a slave”, 

During the reign of Roman emperor Domitian and the persecution of Trajan, Onesimus was imprisoned in Rome and martyred by stoning (although some sources claim that he was beheaded[3])…He is regarded as a saint by several Christian churches, including the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, which commemorates him and Philemon on February 15.

Wow.  I had NO idea.

The Book of Philemon in our New Testament of the Holy Bible, only 25 verses long, captures just a snap-shot of a life of healing, restoration, duty, faith, impact, purpose, and sacrifice. 

The beautiful life of a “servant by choice”.  Onesimus, whose name means “helper” captures what we need to be about as “servants” of the Lord Jesus Christ.  About the business not of acclaim or acheivement, or pursuits of grandeur for it’s own sake, but to simply be a help to those who need it, whatever the Holy Spirit leads us.

Servants.  Helpers.  Lord, help make me one.

photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onesimus

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  • 1. Stacey  |  February 18, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Interesting. Before coming to 2BC, I was Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. My entire family is and has been forever. If we had a Lutheran church in our county… I would still be, but I never remember Onesimus on February 15th. LOL!

    Maybe I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have. 😉

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