Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Our pregnancies were big news to us. But, thankfully, the press didn't follow us everywhere; they couldn't have cared less. Of course, we're not Prince William and Duchess Kate.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Royal Babies."
Kate's first-trimester problems were front page news, because that baby is an heir to the throne - a royal baby. But every baby is a royal baby, because only the King – of all kings – can start a human life. Long before ultrasounds, God gave us a glimpse inside a mother's womb in this prayer from Psalm 139. "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous."
"You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb…Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (Psalm 139:13-16). Wow! From the moment the egg and sperm come together to start a life, it's all God. Every child is a unique, precious creation of Almighty God.
On the day our grandchildren came into the world, I've held them in my arms, called them by name and spoken these words to them. They're from Ephesians 2:10 and they're our word for today from the Word of God. "You are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works God prepared in advance for you to do." Those are not my words; they are God's words.
I picture God, our Heavenly Father, holding every baby and telling them that. Born rich, born poor, born "planned", born an "accident", born "normal", born "special", born "wanted", born "unwanted" – all divine masterpieces, designed by God; loved by a Creator who makes no mistakes, who has a plan for every life. The worth of every human is conferred on them before they're even born. So no one on earth gives you your worth – and no one on earth can take it away.
Amazingly, when God visited our planet, He didn't beam down as a Conqueror on a white horse. He came as we all did – as a baby: embryo, fetus, protected by amniotic fluid, sustained by a placenta, pushing His way into the world. If there was any doubt of the sacredness of a baby, the Christmas Story declares, "Case closed."
The stunner from the Bible is that the Bethlehem baby is also "the Author of all life." All life Acts 3:15 says. That baby designed every baby with a purpose and destiny that revolves around Him. In the Bible's words, "All things were created by Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16). Jesus is the reason you're here. So the kids are right when they sing, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." From the moment they're conceived – all the children, and every moment from then on.
We never really understand our worth until we have a personal relationship with the One who gave us our worth in the first place. Jesus came and died because that relationship was broken by our sin; by our self-willed running of our own life; our way instead of God's way. "…created by Him, created for Him" living for me. And facing an eternal death penalty for defying God's rule of a life He created. And that's why Jesus came. That's why He died, to pay the price… not for sinning He had done, but for the sinning I have done.
He stands ready to forgive every sin of your life and bring you into His love where you will finally experience the worth you've had all along. If you're not sure you've ever begun that relationship, go to our website, will you? YoursForLife.net. Today is the day you could find your way home.