You Are Somebody

  Years ago, a sick woman lying on a crude bed, with but a few days to live, called her only son, a lean, lanky lad, to her bedside.  She gazed into his deep dark eyes with her own dim sight, and communicated to him her hope for his life.  Her own years had been few and unfavored.  Her life had been occupied by the limitations of a pioneer existence. Her castle was a log cabin.  She had dreamed and hoped in vain.  Life offered little rewards, and her days had brought few actual joys.  It was not to be so with her son. In him, her dreams would be realized and her hopes would be fulfilled. Drawing the boy close to her bed, she noted the imprint of the woodland life and the crudities of their pioneer existence stamped upon his face and form. She despaired for a moment.  Touching his brown, course cheeks with her soft, white fingers, she caught his gaze and held it with her deep meaningful eyes.  Drawing his face close to her own, she whispered the magic words, words that held her hopes and dreams; “My boy, be somebody.”
Thus, Nancy Hanks planted a golden dream in the soul of Abraham Lincoln.  The result is known to the world. 

  If there is such a thing as a self made man, Abraham Lincoln would be that man.  With great disappointments and defeats in his life, Lincoln struggled through them to become the President of the United States.  It took hard work, perseverance and persistence, to make of himself the man that he became.  He became ‘somebody’.

  So, can we.  God made us into His own image. He breathed into us the ‘breath of life.’  He put the spark of the divine within every one of us.  But, how we messed up, disfiguring the very likeness of God in us.  We all have sinned (missed the mark) which is His Son, Jesus.  He is the example of Somebody.  We are suppose to be like Him.  How is it possible?  God has made a way.  “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”   John 1:12-13

  We can’t be born again physically but we can be born anew spiritually.  God will help us. He calls us by His love.  God loved you and me so much that He died for us in His Son.  God was in Jesus reconciling the world unto Himself.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17  
“We were therefore buried with him throuigh baptism into  death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans  6:4

  God wants you to be, not just His creation, but His child.  He wants you to be one of His dear children. As a Christian, you are somebody special.   

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