Monday, December 07, 2015

My name is nobody

Years ago we watched a cute spaghetti western by the name, "My name is nobody."  It was poorly done, but a lot of fun.  The title is catchy.  It deals with the one thing we all fear most- being nobody.

We all want to be known, to be important in some way.  No one wants to live and feel their life made no difference at all.  If that were the case why are we even here?  Why are we living if life doesn't make any difference? 

So we all look for meaning, purpose.  But in a world of celebrities how do we find our place?  How do we become somebody?  And who are we living for anyway?

If the stage is the world nearly all of us will be bit players in a bigger play.

If the stage is someone special, someone we care about, then we become the center attraction.

I love the words of Paul as he describes how God sees all of this in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 when he writes,

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness,holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

God is telling us that our roles in this play are vital for the story to unfold as he wishes.  Every part of his grand play has purpose, every player, every person matters.  No one in God's great drama is a nobody.  

On a planet with nearly 8 billion people we can easily disappear, but the one who made us has a role for us in his grand production and he knows us by name.  All of it is meant for one great crescendo- the glory of God.

Are there days when you feel invisible, feel like you don't matter...that no one cares?  Nothing could be further from the truth! 

You might feel like a nobody, but all of that changes because of the one who loves you.  He makes all the difference.

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