"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full'

(John 10:10b)


A story was recently told of Henry Kissinger finding himself on an elevator with a group of tourists. One woman on the elevator recognized him and whispered to her little girl, "Honey, that is Henry Kissinger!" The girl looked at her mother with a puzzled expression on her face and replied for all to hear, "Who's Henry Kissinger?" To this Mr. Kissinger responded, "How soon they forget."

True! They do forget. No matter how famous or rich or notorious or important one becomes, he ultimately must descend the hill. It wasn't all that long ago, for example, that people were saying, "Jimmy Who?" Then Jimmy Carter became a household name. But it won't be long and they'll be saying, "Jimmy Who?" once more. Here today and gone tomorrow. This is the end for people who seek satisfaction in the positions of the world.

But there is one position everyone can occupy and nobody ever needs to become a has-been. A citizen of God's kingdom is always important. He never ceases to be known to the most influential of all persons. His worth is always held in high esteem by the greatest powers of influence in existence. And his cost for being a citizen of the exclusive kingdom of God was paid for by someone else Jesus Christ. No club in town can offer that kind of prestige/membership.

Rich man or poor ... banker or thief ... diplomat or fugitive. No one can find genuine satisfaction in worldly pursuits. There must be something lasting on which man can hang his dreams and hopes. That something is to be born into the spiritual family/kingdom for which Jesus suffered and died (John 3:3). Faith (Hebrews 11:6) drives us to repentance (Acts 3:19). And repentance compels us to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9, 10). Faithful ones are eager to accept the free gift of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8, 9) by being baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) for the remission of sins (1 Peter 3:21).

So? Be a somebody! - Steven Clark Goad