As time passes, the joy of a newborn baby or toddler sometimes turns into unresolved anger in a teenager, bullying on the elementary school playground, disgusting Facebook postings that make a preteen commit suicide. For the next few days, I am writing posts that celebrate life. If we are to live beautifully in the brokenness of the world, we must value life!
God doesn’t make junk.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27 New American Standard Bible).
As image bearers of God, he makes plans for us, and promises a future and hope for our lives.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NASB).
By faith, we receive God’s righteousness, which we need, for we are sinners. Yet, as people made in God’s image, God forgives us, redeems us, sanctifies us, and saves us from our sickness of sin.
“But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:21-23 NASB).
As image bearers of God, we need his divine power, which comes to us through the Holy Spirit. Best of all, God promises that we can partake of his divine nature; therefore, we are able to bear his image with righteousness and forgiveness.
“His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness … He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust” (1 Peter 1:3-4 NASB).
Thank you Father God for every life.
“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB).
Every human life, made in the image of God matters, and God makes plans for every human’s life. The choice to seek God remains an option for every human being, until the last day. In the meantime, his or her life matters.
All lives matter.
Until next time …