A Nobody Trying to Tell Everybody

Earlier today I rewatched the trailer for Joe Henline’s Polycarp (2015). This time I became very curious and planned to watch it at the end of the day. But before that, whilst busy around the house, I had my music playing and one song stood out in particular: Nobody by Casting Crowns with Matthew West. In fact, I kept playing it over and over again, and I include the video here because I think it fits the theme of this movie.

Polycarp is set in Smyna (now Izmir in modern-day Turkey) in the 150s AD. Near the start of the film we see the main character, Anna, get kidnapped by slave traders. Polycarp ‘buys her’ and takes her into his Christian community. She is no longer a slave. As Anna struggles to understand how Christians can worship an invisible God (rather than a visible and tangible finely carved idol), Polycarp tells her his own life story. Just like Anna he had once been a slave, been taken in by a Christian and given his freedom. Through God’s love he was set free from the bondage of slavery.

Over the cause of the film, Anna comes to understand this and to share the good news. Some times she even uses words! Through the friendships she and the rest of the community made, Polycarp has left us with an enduring legacy that is helping to spread the joyous news of God’s kingdom to this very day. I think that everyone in similar communities (whether taken in as an orphan, homeless person, slave, domestic abuse victim etc.) [1] could feel an emotional connection with the words of this song:

“Why You ever chose me

Has always been a mystery

All my life I’ve been told I belong

At the end of the line

With all the other ‘Not-Quites’

With all the other ‘Never-Get-It-Rights’

But it turns out they’re the ones

You were looking for all this time

‘Cause I’m just a nobody

Trying to tell everybody

All about Somebody

Who saved my soul

Ever since You rescued me

You gave my heart a song to sing

I’m living for the world to see

Nobody but Jesus

I’m living for the world to see

Nobody but Jesus

Moses had stage fright

And David brought a rock to a sword fight

You picked twelve outsiders nobody would have chosen

And You changed the world

Well the moral of the story is

Everybody’s got a purpose

So when I hear the devil start talking to me saying,

‘Who do you think you are?’

I say, I’m just a nobody

Trying to tell everybody

All about Somebody

Who saved my soul”

Endnote

[1] Those that are focused on sharing God’s love rather than those whose very existence is simply an excuse to indulge in sadistic and carnal pleasures.

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