Letters from Prison - Philemon 1:1-25
Martin Luther wrote, “We are all the Lord’s Onesimi.” Martin Luther said, “All of us are Onesimuses!” and he was right.
Are you stealing from your Master? Are you robbing your Lord like Onesimus was robbing from Philemon?
Maybe your parents raised you right, and you’ve dishonored them. God gave you a healthy body and you’ve squandered it on drugs. The Lord blessed you with a good job, but you never give to anyone anything. God gave you a great person to date, and you took more than you should have. God gave you a talent, but you won’t honor Him with it.
God created you to serve Him. He is your rightful owner and master. But, like Onesimus, you rebelled against Him. You said, “I will not have this Master to rule over me.” And so you took the body, the intelligence, and the talents that God had entrusted to you to use for Him and squandered them on yourself.
Claiming to be free from God, you became the slave of sin. Like Onesimus, you were a condemned fugitive on the run, useless to your rightful Master, guilty, and indebted to Him. You had robbed God.
Are you stealing from your Master? I’m not going to command anything. I appeal. If you’ll return home and live for Him, you’ll like it when it comes to say goodbye to this world.