Published by Deborah Negron
July 26, 2016
Redeeming the Time
5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; 6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. 8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, 9 Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me: 12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels: 13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel: 14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. 15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; 16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? 17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. 18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; 19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
Onesimus had probably made some poor choices in the past. He. Had not been considered worthy to walk or travel with Paul. Yet, he had during some time redeemed himself in his eyes eyes. You see Paul had won him to the Lord while he had been in bonds, that is in prison. possibly he had committed some crime and was paying his due to society. Yet now, he had been released and was now being sent by Paul.
The beauty of this word is far reaching. We are not always perfect. We are not always o the right page. Sometimes we fail. We may even hurt others and or misunderstand them. This may cause a rift between some. But as with Jonah, who had run from God at first, then was put under pressure and trials in order that he would grow and commit to God’s will, so we are challenged.
Onesimus had at one time been unprofitable.
We too were at one time unprofitable. We had walked in our own path and had not walked within the path already prepared for us. Yet, Good had great mercy and waited. He did not discard us. He did not cast us away. He allowed us the time to come to our senses.
The prodigal son also chose to err. He walked away from the love of the father. Yet the father waited. Then up on his return to the fold he was received with open arms.
What about King David. He had truly sinned. He had gone after the wife of Uriah, Bathsheba. He had commited a great sin. But as he repented and had the consequence for his sin occur (the death of the child conceived in adultery). S then he was forgiven and restred. To the degree that Solomon the great was born of Bathsheba.
God is not like us. He does not recall our sin forever. He forgives and as we redeem the time, as we walk in him in due season, in due time we will be restored.
Paul stuck his own neck out for the very man he nce would not take with him on a missions trip. He had seen the change, the growth and surely Onesimus counted for something in Paul’s eyes.
I don’t know how far you may have strayed, or perhaps been mistreated. I don’t know the rejection you may have felt or may have expereinced. But I can tell you that the Lord des not turn away from the humble. He does not cast away the brokenhearted or wounded. Whether for your own sin or because of a poor chice. God desires that we may be restored. He wants to lift up our head. He wants to exalt you if you humble yourself to him.
Lord, this day, I humble myself before you.
I choose to redeem the time. I want you to have you way in me. Forgive my sin, cleanse me afresh.
Restore me to the place you initially prepared for me.
I am sorry I was sidetracked. I was blinded and confused. Cause me to bring your name honor and glory, as Onesimus’ name is so recorded by Paul. So, let me name stand with those that are profitable for your kingdom.
Thank you and I praise you for this day.