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"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." --- Psalm 119:105

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PHILEMON

From Useless to Useful
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. (Philemon 10-11).

The word "useless" is an adjective which means having or being of no use. It is ineffectual. It means not being able to give service or aid. However, the word "useful" is an adjective which means capable of being put to use; serviceable for an end or purpose. The example given in the dictionary is: "Do something useful with your life."

Paul used both words in the same verse. He said Onesimus, Philemon's runaway slave, was useless before he ran away. After he ran away and visited Paul in prison, he become saved and is now useful. Onesimus means "useful," and he lived up to his name. He did something useful with his life. He returned to his master a changed person.

Do not be a fugitive from God. Do not run away from Him. Do not hide from Him. Be like Onesimus. Do something useful with your life. Take the first step to go from useless to useful by honoring God by accepting His son, Jesus Christ. The other steps will happen when you return to your Master.
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