Summary: A sermon examining the fact that Jesus sees in us what others may not.
What Jesus Sees In You
I want to talk to you today about a man that you probably know nothing about! In fact, I don’t know much about him myself. He is a part of a group more famous than the Beatles. But you may have never even heard his name. He did great things, but there is no record of them. He helped change many lives but I can’t tell you how. His name …Thaddeus, He was one of our Lord’s 12 Disciples.
We have all heard of Shadow Mountain, Bellevue, First Baptist Atlanta, Dallas, Woodstock, and others. We know names like Rogers, Stanley, Piper, Macarthur, Hunt and Jeremiah. But what about Bro. Smith at 2nd Baptist Littletown that has been faithfully Pastoring the same 40 people for 20 years? What about Bro. Johnson that went through Seminary and has been paying his student loans for years while Pastoring a congregation of 55 and working a full time job. Are brothers Smith & Johnson unsuccessful because they do not pastor a “large thriving church”. I submit to you that if they are where God has placed them, doing what God has called them to do then they are successful in God’s eyes.
Paul tells us in - Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Understand this, you may be the owner of a multi-million dollar corporation and be unsuccessful in God’s eyes or you may be the janitor of that same company and be right where God wants you to be. Today churches measure success by how big our building is, how many people attend, how large the budget may be, and how many new members and baptisms they had the previous physical year. Society today is consumed with superficial measures of success. As we look to the Word of God we will find that God does not measure success the way that man does.
The world may look at you as a failure, as worthless or as a nobody. And you have heard it so much that you believe it! The enemy has whispered such negative comments in your ears for years. But if you are a child of God you are special! …you are GREATLY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED!
I want to take some time and look at Thaddeus’ life and see that Jesus sees you as somebody even when the world looks at you as a nobody! So, join me as we consider the thought “So …You Think You Are A Nobody”. The first thing I would like to see is that:
I. People May Not Know Your Name, But Jesus Does - The man we are talking about today had several names: He is called "Lebbaeus" in Matthew 10:3. He is called “Judas brother of James” in Luke 6:16. He is called “Judas, Not Iscariot” in John 14:22. He is called “Thaddeus” in Mark 3:18.
It is human nature to desire a measure of recognition. People go to great lengths to stand out from the crowd and to be unique and/or different. In England, Prince William is the heir apparent to the throne and I have often heard Price Harry simply referred to as the spare. Could you imagine having that said about you? He is second class, he is only a spare in case something tragic happens to the “chosen one”. How would you like to be simply known as “so and so’s little brother”? Now obviously, no one would want to be confused with Judas Iscariot, but we still wouldn’t want to simply be referred to as “the other one”. That is basically the case for this man Thaddeus.