Leading up to Christmas, I’ll be taking some vacation time with my family and wanted to take the opportunity to share my 10 favorite posts from the past year. These weren’t all the top-viewed posts (I’ll share those at the end of the year) but they are the ones that have stuck with me the most…
This post is “You Need A Philemon 11 Moment…” from June 16.
Formerly [Onesimus] was useless to you, [Philemon], but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
Going to Joplin a couple weeks ago messed with my head.
Every once in a while, you encounter something that completely alters the way you think. In my case, since getting back home I haven’t been able to forget the images or the people, I haven’t been able to focus on day-to-day details, I haven’t even blogged as much as usual. Simply put, my head’s just messed up.
And I’m glad.
I’m glad because I’ve experienced a Philemon 11 moment.
Onesimus, a runaway slave, met Paul and shortly thereafter met Jesus. Jesus, as always, broke all expectations and changed everything. Onesimus took steps to return to his master as a useful member of the Kingdom. Before his Philemon 11 moment, he was useless, living in his own strength. After his Philemon 11 moment, he was useful, living up to his name, which literally meant “useful.”
The Sunday after coming home from Joplin, I asked this question: “Where would you go if you couldn’t go home?”
The answer is simply this: “Build a new normal centered around Christ.”
It won’t be easy and it won’t come natural. It won’t be as comfortable or familiar as what you used to do. It won’t look or feel the same as you’re used to. But the new normal will be infinitely better than the old normal.
Whether you’ve been a disciple of Jesus for 50 years or just met Him 50 minutes ago, you need a Philemon 11 moment. You need to build a new normal that’s better than the old normal. You can’t go back to yesterday, so make tomorrow count. Be useful.