Nobody, anybody or somebody
Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ
I find that most people want to be well known, highly thought of, and important to others. In other words, we want to be somebody. The reality of life is that most of us are really nobody to the world in the grand scheme of things. We go through life in relative obscurity, hardly noticed, except by a few close friends and family. When we die, we are mourned and missed by that same small cluster, who knew us, then promptly forgotten. Some of us may even rise to the level of anybody, but the fact is, the graves of the anybodies are just as lonely and final as the nobodies. “So”, you might say, a sad but true commentary on the fact of mortal man’s earthly sojourn.
But the good news is that we are not just anybody or nobody to God. We are vastly more important to him. We are the crowning jewel of his creation, for he made us in his own image, giving each of us an everliving spirit, that we might relate to him as our Heavenly Father. God placed us in charge, as stewards over all his earthly creation (Gen. 1:26). We, unlike his other creatures, have the power of deductive reasoning and can comprehend our own mortality. He gave us alone the ultimate freedom of choice as to how and where we will spend eternity.
God loved us so much that he sent his one and only begotten Son to die for us (John 3:16). The amazing thing is that God made this great sacrifice for us, while we were yet sinners and did not know him (Rom. 5:8). God loved us so much that he adopted us as his children, through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will (Eph. 1:5). When we believe in the name of Christ, God gives us the power to become his sons (John 1:12). As children of God we set our affections on things above and not of this world for we are dead to the world and hid with Christ in God, that we may appear with Christ in glory one day (Col. 3:2-4). God has chosen us, through Christ, to be the living building stones of his spiritual house, a royal priesthood able to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him (I Peter 2:5). We are to minister to each other and be good stewards of the manifold grace of God, so freely given us (I Peter 4:10-11). It is up to each of us to realize and use our individual gifts to glorify God, through Christ, and help our fellow man. Fortunately God does not view us through the cloud of sin committed in our past, but through the crystal clear cleansing blood of his Son, Jesus Christ. He sees us as his chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for his own possession (I Peter 2:5). God views each of us as his workman whom he can use, through his power, to accomplish unbelievable good works on this earth (Eph. 3:20). At times we may feel small and helpless, but as the great apostle Paul says, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). We, as God’s children, have an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled reserved in heaven for us. Not that only, but He will keep us by his power through faith, till our inheritance is revealed on that last day (I Peter 1:4-5). God loves us so much that he has promised to send his Son back to this earth at the end of time to gather his children, who are in Christ, to live with him in heaven forever and ever (I Thes. 4:16-17). Yes, when we are somebody to the most powerful being of the universe, then we are definitely, somebody.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455..
Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.
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