Emilio Flores Márquez has seen the world morph from buggies and horses to witnessing the birth of the Model Ford T and the birth of the digital age. He’s lived under 21 U.S. presidents and now holds the record of the world’s oldest living man.
Born on Aug. 8, 1908, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Emilio was the second of his parents’ 11 children and his parent’s right-hand man. He helped raise his siblings and learned how to run a sugar cane farm.
Growing up Emilio didn’t have much in the way of material things. But he never noticed because his parents gave him everything he ever needed. A loving home, job skills, and a love for Christ.
World’s Oldest Living Man Shares His Secret
His parents also taught him how to live a life of abundance and it’s not what most people would expect. Some would wager that for a man to live this long, he needs to be on a special organic diet, access to the best doctors, and to have an exercise routine.
But when Emilio learned he now holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living man, he told them his secret — it’s Christ who lives in him!
“My father raised me with love, loving everyone,” Emilio explained. “He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others. Besides, Christ lives in me.”
He learned to get rid of the things in life that hold us down. Things like bitterness, anger, and malice because these things can poison us to the core of our souls.
How incredible and simple is this wisdom? God has given us the wonderful gift of his word and through the Bible, we can live a life of abundance in love as we learn to live for Christ! Emilio’s secret to life is incredibly simple: Love God and love others the way Christ first loved us.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20