Everybody Wants to be Somebody
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“I always wished I would grow up to be somebody. Maybe I should have been a little more specific.” Lily Tomlin
Everybody wants to be somebody, but how do we know who that somebody is? The influences of the world are happy to answer that for us…and then sell us what we need to make it happen. No mystery at all, according to the modern western world – your identity is almost always determined by what you look like, what you do, what you have, and/or who you know. And every time we buy into this value system, our life is a bit more focused on “I have to have…,” “I ought to…,” and “How do I get people to like me?” To the degree we play their game, it becomes a cycle that can only give temporary results. It really is too bad, when you think about it.
Jesus has offered us a much better option. Rather than basing our identity on what we have, how we perform, or the people we know, Jesus has called us into the mystery of the ages – that we might experience the terrific realization that our true identity is only found in Him (not in ourselves). Remember Paul’s description of this powerful mystery? “To them (believers in Christ), God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is, Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).