Nobodies and somebodies

th-45Once a nobody, always a nobody. Gideon would have done well to have remembered that. Instead, thinking he was somebody after his great victories (with which he had nothing to do), is what got him into trouble. He didn’t finish well.

The history of Christian music is a history of nobodies becoming somebodies and forgetting they were nobodies. What went wrong? It was the “somebody” stage that ruined it. A nobody God uses is just a nobody God uses.

When God calls you out and does something great and mighty in your life, that’s all God. You don’t get any extra credit for that. You just showed up.

Paul called himself an Apostle of the church not for the purpose of status, but to indicate his leadership role in the church. That’s why he was always quick to label himself as a servant — in some cases, slave — of Christ. He was a nobody serving a great Somebody.

Somebodies have privileges. Somebodies get to play by a different set of rules from everybody else. Somebodies create their own class separate from everybody else (like the Pharisees); they get their own clubhouse. Somebodies, unfortunately, look down on everybody else. You have to have a back-stage pass to get in with the somebodies. If ever you start thinking like this — as if you now belong to a different class — a little red flag of warning should go up: “Look out, you’re starting to think you are somebody.”

Nobodies God uses shun these kinds of things. Mother Theresa was a great example of that. She chose to stay poor in order to live and work among the poor. She didn’t like being singled out.

To be sure, when it comes to value and worth, we all are somebody in God’s eyes, but that’s all of us, equally. Think of it like this: In God’s eyes we’re all somebodies, in our own eyes we should all be nobodies. That should help us all keep it straight.

A nobody God uses is just a nobody God uses.

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6 Responses to Nobodies and somebodies

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Good Catch Pastor John let me please make a suggestion for your consideration. Most people that go one to do great things, either in life, or for God & His kingdom like to think about and consider themselves above average and this is good, what you wrote because it’s the truth: “To be sure, when it comes to value and worth, we all are somebody in God’s eyes”

    I just wish you maybe consider re-reading “How to Win…” by Dale Carnegie again… Because has he so clearly points out in that great book what you say gets easily deleted or forgotten when you include the word “but” so instead use the word “and.”

    So your last paragraph would read: “To be sure, when it comes to value and worth, we all are somebody in God’s eyes, AND that’s all of us, equally. Think of it like this: In God’s eyes we’re all somebodies, in our own eyes we should all be nobodies. That should help us all keep it straight.”

    Which in my humble opinion is much better… 🙂
    PS and let God and His Holy Spirit, which can & does a much better job then anyone else can to teach someone or warn them of their pride maybe getting out of hand…

  2. Carole in Midland says:

    I was thinking that we even need to be careful with being “nobodies” – lest we look at all those nobodies who THINK they are somebodies and tsk, tsk at their delusional state, thus setting US nobodies apart as “superior” to the OTHER nobodies who think they are somebodies… Remember the Star-Bellied Sneetches who THOUGHT they were special until the starless-bellied Sneetches figured out how to get stars? So the original star-bellied sneetches got rid of their stars, thus making it “cool” to be starless… being proud that one is humble immediately negates one humbleness. Wonder what would happen if we just didn’t think of ourselves very much at all?

    • Mark Seguin says:

      Carol my Catch buddy and friend – I want to agree with you, yet for a few reasons it seems to difficult – for one, to me you tried to use or did I think use a metaphor(?) when plain ol’ English would or may have been considered a bit bit – As in how does it apply to you and your life…(?) even after reading it, I’m still not sure about that… LOL yet still love you – look up to you and believe in you…

      And I’ve studied a great deal of very successful men & woman, which ALL of them believed in themselves and sunned false or fake humility… I don’t see ANYTHING wrong with believe in myself and my God given and took time and hard work to develop a few talents – I think / believe God despises (sp?) false or fake humility, just as much as He doesn’t like it when people think / believe they can do something, or anything without His graces & help – that’s not a good sense of pride…

  3. Colleen Thake says:

    http://www.pitchperfectly.com/TheDreamGiver/The%20Dream%20Giver%20-%20Chapter%202%20-%20Pages%2020-25.pdf

    This is a great book that talks about a man named Ordinary and lived in Familiar. Your Catch has some similarities, enjoy

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