22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
After Paul made a request to Philemon to take Onesimus as a brother, he asked Philemon to make a room ready for him while he was in prison. Because he hoped he will be restored to Philemon through his prayers.
Paul also gave Philemon the greeting of Epaphras who was the minister/founder of Colossian church and became Paul’s brother-prisoner in Christ Jesus.
What a great faith in Jesus and humble attitude with great wisdom letter. In spite of Paul being in prison at that time, he loved and cared for Onesimus who became his son while he was in chains by writing and requesting through this letter (not an order) to his master to accept Onesimus as a brother-in-Christ.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I make a room ready for Jesus/Holy-Spirit to speak to me?
- Do I care for other brother & sister’s-in-Christ or just myself?
- Can I be a friend to my leader just like Epaphras to Paul?
Dear Lord, thank you for saving my life out of prison by sending your only son. Thank you for giving me the new life. Help me to make a room ready for you all the time and love others just like you love me. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu