1 : to be of service or advantage : avail
: to be of service to : benefit
Onesiphorus is mentioned by Paul twice in the Bible. His name means profit-bringer . Both referrals occur in 2 Timothy near the end of Paul's life. Paul is imprisoned and states that he has been deserted by everyone in Asia. 2 Timothy 1:15. Then he begins to speak of a man named Onesiphorus. Since Paul uses the past tense to speak of him and also makes reference to "the house of Onesiphorus" many scholars believe this dear brother has died. If this is true, how Paul must miss him!
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. 2 Timothy 1:16-18 (NIV)What a testimony of what it means to be a true friend! Unlike so many others, Onesiphorus often was profitable to Paul. He was not ashamed of Paul's chains. In fact, when he visited Rome, he searched diligently for Paul. According to Paul, he was not easy to find. Onesiphorus did not give up! His desire to see Paul and bring Paul comfort in the midst of his affliction was so great that he continued to search diligently for Paul until he found him. I have no doubt Onesiphorus was putting himself at great risk by associating himself with this "criminal". Paul is so moved by the loyal friendship of Onesiphorus that he petitions God to to be merciful to the house of Onesiphorus as well as Onesiphorus himself. The fact that Paul once again specifically mentions the House of Onesiphorus in closing (2 Timothy 4:19) Suggest how greatly moved he was by the faithful friendship of this brother.
I've been thinking about Onesiphorus this morning and about how he was profitable to Paul. I believe God is calling us to be friends like Onesiphorus to those within the Body of Christ. You see, if we can just get that right, how much stronger we will be! How much better we will be able to show friendship to and love those in our world if we're in a right relationship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord!
I want to be like Onesiphorus. I want my friends to be able to say "I know I can count on you. I know you are praying for me. You encourage me. I can trust you. I'm glad you're walking with me right now. I don't feel so alone right now. I'm glad you refused to quit looking for me when I was in trouble."
May we all be like Onesiphorus!
And you certainly do, dear sister and friend. Every blog is an encouragement. Your constant witness--"Look what the Lord has done!"--in your life is encouragement and food to our souls. We thank God for you. We thank God for allowing us to participate in your life and witness your spirit walk with our Savior. Like Onesiphorus, you are ministering to those in chains--right here. Not all the members of CB are as strong, and some of us may not have yet discovered the full freedom of the Gospel. We may be waiting in a dark place for the deliverance, and you seek us out and minister to us. We thank you. We ask that God bless you and your household, just as Paul prayed for Onesiphorus and his. Continue to be a blessing, sister.
My dearest K
You know that in spite of the large hole you put in my driveway and the one you are actually planning on carving in my roof (that's house roof, someone else has already carved a hole in my roof and I'm not convinced that there isn't a screw loose!) that I am truly blessed by your words. This blog has a truth in it that we all need to take heed to. Oh that I had the determination of Onesiphorus to go and to be without thought for self.
Thanks for giving me something new to think about and aspire to.
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."
One of the greatest ways that profit can come to others is through operating in the gifts of the Spirit through love. The Holy Spirit knows even the deepest of needs, and is able to speak words of life and love directly to these areas. We however, do not have the ability to know what is in the spirit of man, for the scripture says "who knows the spirit of man except the Spirit of God? And again it says "for I am He who searches the mind and the hearts". I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to use you in this area so that those around you can profit from the love and graces of our Lord Christ Jesus.
I loved this blog, great job! I feel exactly the same, and want to tell you what a blessing you have been to me, here. You already exemplify the same friendship qualities as Onesiphorus ... perhaps you just don't know it! What a blessing you are.
In His great love,
Oh my God is so awesome. This blog is just an answer to my prayers. I want to leave a legacy of being a good friend. Today l just woke up thinking about my friendship with God and others. Thank you so much for blessing me.