With the start of this New Year, I know many of you are making it a priority to spend more time in God’s Word. Some pastors have made available different reading plans and resources to help you read through the Bible in one year.
If you are following a reading plan to read through the Bible chronologically, then you have already spent much time this month in the book of Genesis. Genesis is where we find the account of how God created the world. As you read the creation story ask the Holy Spirit to illumine your mind with a fresh perspective.
Keeping in mind that Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is upon us, I believe Genesis is a good place for us to turn in order to be reminded of the value of human life. We know human life is valuable because God created us.
The Bible tells us that after God created man and woman, He blessed them and told them to be fruitful and to multiply. God provided His creation with food and everything they needed to survive.
Not only did God create us, He created us in His image, to know Him and to be with Him.
Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve enjoyed fellowship with God and were not separated from Him. Our almighty, powerful God desired fellowship with His creation.
We know human life is valuable because even after sin entered the world, God still loved His creation enough that He desired to redeem it. Although the people God created had chosen to sin against Him, God was willing to send His perfect and sinless son to earth so that He could die for the sin of mankind.
As we live in fellowship with God, He is daily sanctifying us and transforming our character into the likeness of Jesus.
The Bible is clear – we matter to God. He knows the number of hairs on our heads. He invites us to cast our burdens upon Him, and He invites us into His presence through prayer.
During this time when we are mindful of how precious life is, I invite you to think back to Genesis and to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for being your Creator and Sustainer.
Many people throughout our nation and world do not understand the value of human life.
A recent article reported that each year more than one million pregnancies in the United States end in abortion. How sinful and tragic this is because it destroys God’s miraculous gift of life.
Please pray for God to change hearts. Please pray for people to be changed by the power of the gospel, and so come to understand the value of all life.
“What is man, that You are mindful of him, And the son of man, that you visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:4-5 (NKJV)