I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. —Philemon 1:9-10

            Paul is now an old man. Not only is he an old man now, but he is in prison for His faith.   In his old age he is still serving the Lord. In his old age he is still being persecuted and is still suffering as he serves the Lord.   And yet, even in his aged state, he is still preaching the gospel and people are still coming to faith because of his faithfulness. Onesimus is an example of a person whom the Lord used Paul to impact. Onesimus was a changed man, a man transformed by our Lord Jesus. A man that was once “useless” and yet now is both useful to Paul and Philmon.

            Will you and I be faithful even in our old age? Will we still bear fruit in our old age?

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,

they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

planted in the house of the Lord,

they will flourish in the courts of our God.

They will still bear fruit in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;

he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” —Psalm 92:12-15


            Let us follow Paul’s example. He was faithfully following our Lord from the time Jesus appeared to him on the Damascus Road unto the time of his death. Yes, dear Father, may we be like that. May I faithfully follow Jesus until the day I die or He comes back. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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