Celebrate Life Sunday: “In God’s Image”

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

~ Psalm 139:13-16

January 21st is “Celebrate Life” Sunday, a time that churches across the country draw attention to the horrors of abortion and the reminder of the beauty and value found in the gift of life.

Human beings are not just another form of animal. Mankind is the pinnacle of God’s creation, made in God’s image and likeness, meant to resemble the character of God, to reflect the nature of God. God is ruler over all and He made man to rule under Him, to care for all creation.

Yet from the beginning, Satan hated God, and therefore hates anything that bears God’s image. Satan couldn’t defeat God, so he would do the next best thing – he would try to destroy those who carry God’s image. Adam and Eve chose sin – they chose to disobey God and separate themselves from the giver of life. Their sin brought death – to them and to all mankind. And that’s the state we find ourselves in today…

1. A Culture of Death

Like Adam and Eve, we rejected God. And to separate God from Creation is to remove the value of life. If we are simply the result of random processes, like the theory of Evolution would promote, then there is no inherent value to this life, and therefore, no real consequence to taking life.

As a culture, we have stopped valuing life because we’ve stopped worshiping the life-giver! We have worked so hard as a sinful, humanistic culture to rid ourselves of any recognition of God as Creator – in our government, in our schools, and even in our churches – that we begin to see life, not as a gift, but as a burden. This creates a culture of death. This kind of devaluing of human life leads to many tragic results we see today: suicide, murder, euthanasia, and abortion.

Psalm 139 tells us God knitted us together in our mother’s womb. Because of this single truth, there really is no abortion debate. There is no debate on when life begins. The Bible declares it, and science agrees – life begins at conception. It begins in the womb. And no matter the method, to forcibly end that life in the womb is murder.

When we reject God, we reject the life-giver, and therefore we reject the sanctity, or sacredness of human life. We reject God, so we reject the value of those who carry God’s image. If we don’t truly appreciate the One who gives life, we will never appreciate the life He gives.

2. The God of Life

God is the giver of life. God is the one who made us – we didn’t make ourselves. The Psalmist points this out, praising God for His omniscience, seeing everything, nothing hidden from His sight…

[15] My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. [16] Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

 Nothing is done in secret. God sees it all. God lovingly looks upon the baby in the womb as His. His workmanship. His creation, “intricately woven”. God took an “unformed substance” and gloriously brought forth human life, right there inside the womb. And He calls it “good”.

 And then David adds something else amazing. The rest of verse 16 says…

…in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

 Here we see an important connection. The God who creates your life is also the God who gives purpose to your life. Every day that you will ever live is already numbered and mapped out by God – before you ever lived. Not only does God see all of His creation, but God take an active role in designing a distinct purpose and plan for every human life.

While that tiny baby is still in the womb, God not only knows that child by name, but God ordains the plans for that child’s life – before it’s ever born. And whether that child lives only days and passes away in sad case of a miscarriage, or if that child grows and lives a long life, every life God creates – no matter the life span – bears His image, and has a God-ordained plan and purpose.

3. Our Response

Psalm 139 teaches us that the life that God gives is beautiful, it is purposeful, it is valuable. So when it comes to an issue like abortion, how should the Christian respond? I want to spend the rest of our time offering a few suggestions:

Pray. We should pray and repent to God. We should pray for our lawmakers and judges that they submit to Christ, that they will govern as righteous men and women, in a manner that honors God and obeys Scripture. Pray for the living victims of abortion – those women (and men) who are scarred, who are hurting, who are hounded by regret and condemnation, that they would find forgiveness and grace in Jesus Christ. Pray for fathers and mothers to raise children in the gospel and be godly parents. Pray for men to rise up – men in churches, in pulpits, in marriages, in communities, to rise up and humbly lead, full of the Spirit, and love for the Savior.

Serve. We can financially support or volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers, such as New Life Family Services, an agency I’ve worked with and some in this church have as well. They give practical help to a pregnant mother in need with clothing, cribs, strollers, and food, as well as emotional and spiritual support. They counsel those contemplating abortion to consider adoption. They also provide a wonderful gospel-centered recovery ministry for women who have gone through the pains of abortion.

Vote. Support candidates who will pass laws to protect the unborn. Don’t be ashamed to be a “one-issue” voter. No matter their stance on other issues, if a politician backs abortion, they should not get the Christian vote.

Adopt. As Christians, we can’t just be against abortion. We need be part of the solution. We need to be willing to welcome and take these children into our homes. This is not only an amazing blessing to that child and to the family – it is a beautiful picture of the gospel, illustrating how each of us have been adopted into God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

 

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