#Purposeful Living

So You Think You Are Nothing?

Can I just mention that I am currently in my favourite place in NLS Lagos and doing my most favourite thing in the world as I write this?

I am at the roof top of my hostel, earphones plugged in, Hillsong’s Lord of Lords on repeat and doing what i am getting to discover is my most favourite thing in the world – writing.

I cant explain what worshipping with songs on a still quiet night like this while staring at the skies/writing does to me… It just seems to me like I am at peace…happy….almost feel like I should be in heaven right now….

Anyways, enough about that,…

I hope you all had a great weekend?

So I was at a programme on saturday in school when a passage that was shared gave me that earth shattering inspiration for today’s post.

I’ve always thought that Jesus was a really handsome man while he was on earth, you know, all full of swags, well built and to die for..

But here’s what Isaiah 53:2 says –

“ He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
  he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”



Big burst of bubble for me.

So, Jesus had nothing in his appearance that would have drawn us to him if we had seen him? No biceps. no 6packs, no perfect dentition like Tyler Perry, no handsome face like Idris Elba …?

I’d still like to think my Lord was a foine man when on earth but let me take the literal interpretation of Isaiah 53;2 as it is and draw out the lessons I want to share today…

The message version says –

There was nothing attractive about him,
    nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
    a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
    We looked down on him, thought he was scum.”

There was really nothing soooo distinct about Jesus’s appearance to cause people to take a second look at him when he passed by, nothing really significant enough to make someone stop by and appreciate his outer beauty…

But our Lord had inner beauty like no other.

It wasnt really about the outer beauty, Jesus was carrying what even so-called handsome men did not have inside them.

He was passed by, thought to be a low life even… but that wowo man was meant to carry our sins, suffering and pain on himself without uttering a word.

That man whose appearance wasnt worth a second look was to save the world from sin and that he did. (halleluyah!)

God does not use what men see and applaud as good to wrought mighty things, He uses the seemingly lowly, the one who nobody gives a hoot about, the one who men look at and pass on as an “odonyo”…


So you think you are nothing, no one, not fine?

So they think you are scum?

No problem.

That nothing is exactly what God wants to use to wrought amazing things.

He wants to use the seeming “nobody” to show the world His power and glory.

Isaiah 53:2  says- “ He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground…”

Your dry ground can be your environment, life experiences, trials right now or all what not (fill in the blanks).

But God can shoot out trees with amazing fruits from that dry ground if you let Him like Jesus did.


So rejoice!

Rejoice when your friends, acquaintances, roomates et al take a look at you and pass you up as a nobody.


Because like Jesus, you know what you carry inside you.

E nor dey show for face.

God will use you for mighty and great works despite what men may think.

Men are not God.

God knows what He has deposited into you that He wants you to release into the world.

It has absolutely nothing to do with how men see you, it has everything to do with how God sees you.

God will use you, the seemingly lowly for mighty and great things.

IF ONLY YOU ARE WILLING, just like Jesus was willing to be used for God.


Have an amazing week ahead dearies.



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    April 14, 2014 at 5:28 am

    First time commenting on a blog…thank u so much for letting God use you…I’m truly inspired…will keep reading…God bless you!!!

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      April 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      thank you Bee.
      have blessed week ahead..
      and yay at your commenting on a blog for the first time, you join ghost readers eh? lol
      thanks dear

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    April 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Borroing your word POOW!!
    This is deep! Your posts are always deep! I love this! God bless you Frances – Keep being clay in His hands to be used to reveal fresh truths from His word. God bless you xx

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      April 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      awwwww, Ayo…i am tongue + hand tied right now..
      I can only say Amen! i am the clay, He is the potter, whereever He leads, i will follow..
      thank you so much.

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    April 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Nice post, Frances. Jesus displayed extraordinary humility. which is why we as Christians should always live by example. James 4:6 says:
    But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

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      April 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Humility..humility…was Jesus’s strong point.
      no one could have known that the simple man almost everyone “fashe’d” was God hmself…
      Its indeed a great lesson to learn from this too.
      thank you Emeka for drawing our minds to this..
      and eshe eshe for coming on here and following…

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    April 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    awesome post..totally loved it..you re indeed worded!

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    April 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    awesome post..totally loved it..yu re indeed worded!

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    April 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Wow! This is a charge for Easter. Je dying for us made Him the most handsome man that has ever lived or yet unborn.

    I can only continue praying for u Frances that God should continue using you as His vessel of word dissemination to His people. I love how you use God’s word to inspire lives.

    Pls what’s the meaning of ‘odonyo’ which language is it?

    And I nominated you for the Sunshine and Shine on award. You can check it on my page. http://nkykate2.blogspot.com/2014/04/sunshine-and-shine-on-award.html?m=1

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      April 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      thanks Catherine, i apreciate the prayers + encouragement+ the award*smiles*
      Will definitely get to the awards soon as we’ll go on break soonest and i will have time to do that…
      “odonyo” is a slang (or language, i am not sure) it means mumu, or swegbe swegbe person..

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