Nobody or A Somebody?

by | Jul 6, 2023 | Feed, Inspiration, My Stories, Relational, Teaching | 0 comments

When did it become acceptable to label an individual a nobody or a somebody? Have you ever questioned your worth or purpose? People are positioned and categorized based on the world’s biases of status. An individual can label another individual based on their socioeconomic status. Assumptions about ethnicity, political, and ethical standards can lead a person to label someone unreasonably. The categorization of those who experience resource insecurity can determine their placement in society. The stigmatization of physical disabilities and mental health can easily turn into discrimination. There are several ways appropriate and inappropriate titles can be given to people. If we are not careful such actions can cause us to mistreat others or believe things that are not true of them.

As a young girl in school, I recall how comfortable people were with providing others with inaccurate titles. Ephesians 4:29 reminds us to not be abusive in our language but instead a blessing to those we engage. I remember the labeling and statements children made about my appearance, personality, and social status. Some of the language they used to describe me was harmful. To this day, I am still learning how not to allow such language and faulty descriptions to produce insecurity in me.

The Name Written

What name do you call yourself? Have you accepted the name God gives you? Any identity apart from God is false and self-destructive. Therefore, accept salvation in Jesus so you will know your purpose and become a child of God. From the beginning of time God knew who you were and crafted you for a purpose. His unique plan for your life is good (Psalm 139:13-14; Ephesians 1:4-6; and John 14:12-14).

  • Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9): He is the man who lived the majority of his life in isolation and characterized by his physical disability. In Hebrew the name Mephibosheth means “out of the mouth of shame”. Unlike his family, God did not leave him to rot away. God provided Mephibosheth with love, community, and security.

  • The Woman With A Blood Disease (Matthew 9:18-26): This woman was in a desperate predicament. It was her faith in Jesus that healed her. After her encounter with Jesus she was never the same.

  • Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2): Mary was the neighborhood woman labeled by insanity and impossibility. Jesus knew her true identity and purpose and refused to allow her to remain in bondage.

  • Gideon (Judges 6-8): Gideon was a man who battled fear and insecurity. Gideon’s name means “great destroyer”. Gideon benefited from learning that the things of God are more powerful than the things of this world. There is no need for intimidation. Instead God wants us to rest our faith and confidence in Him.

  • The Samaritan Woman (John 4): This woman was a prostitute who needed salvation and a God who shows no favoritism (James 2:1-9).

  • The Disciples (The Gospels): Each disciple varied in background and gifting. God called them to perform wonders in His name.

    Remember What is Written

    In God’s divine Word it states that God sought after and did mighty works among the people who the world considered undesirable. “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength…Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:25, 27-29).

    I pray that everyone who struggles with believing what is true of their identity will draw nearer to God as I am in this period of wrestling. If you know of anyone who struggles with this, remind them that according to God it is impossible to be a nobody. You are only capable of being someone of great value.

    My name is Lindsey Harrell. I am a college graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a major in Women’s Ministry Leadership. I am committed to serving alongside women who long to be transformed by the hope and healing God provides through his truth.

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