God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:27
Every human being is of immeasurable worth. Yes, every-single-one. We are created in the image of God. The Hebrew word צֶלֶם, pronounced (tseh'-lem) translated as “image” means “a representative figure” or “bearing a resemblance of.” And the amazing thing is that God allows us to be a part of the creative process of bringing new “images” of himself into existence. Since Adam and Eve, every single human being that has existed was formed in the womb of a woman. Even Jesus came into this world through the womb of the precious mother Mary. The womb is a sacred and holy place. From the act of physical intimacy between husband and wife (a picture of Christ and the church), comes a new life… a new human soul. Have you ever just paused and thought about what an incredible, mystical, beautiful thing that is? An act of love and surrender between two souls who have been joined together and “become one flesh” literally creates another soul. And in that sacred holy of holies… the womb, God begins the process of His purpose for that new life. He is the author of that persons unique DNA. He writes the blueprint of each and every one. God told Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5 And you and I are no different. God formed you in your mother’s womb. He knew you and had an eternal plan for you. Approximately 385,000 human beings are born every day. And God knows every single one intimately. What a beautiful design and plan for life.
However, there is an evil epidemic interrupting that beautiful plan right now. There is a satanic attack on this sacred, holy process. Approximately 116,860 human babies are murdered every single day… human beings… in the sacred place where God forms them… the holy and intimate place of love and safety – the womb. In the very place where our journey as a human being is just beginning, the place where we have the most intimate connection to our Creator… lives are being snuffed out at a mind-boggling rate.
In the book of Genesis, the fourth chapter, we learn of the first murder. Cain kills his brother Abel and God calls out to him and says “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” A man kills his brother – a terrible crime. And this one murder evokes a quick and severe response from God. We are approaching two billion abortions now over a forty-year period. Two billion mother’s who have murdered their own babies. What shall God’s response be? How long will He wait? Can you imagine the sound? If the blood of one brother cried out to God, what must the sound of the blood of two billion babies crying out sound like? Can you begin to fathom the severity of the crime? Can you just go on like it doesn’t matter? You pastors… will you really be silent? You Christians, will you just stand by? Do you think God will pardon our complacency – or worse yet, our being complicit? Yes, there are other crimes and tragedies. There are people killing each other, mistreating each other, lying, cheating, stealing, abusing, and deceiving. It is all a part of a fallen and sin-sick world. And in the midst of this chaotic scene, life goes on. We continue to procreate and God continues to form each human being. And every life matters. The bum under the bridge, the teenager who feels like no one understands or cares, the child who just wants someone to listen to them. The prisoner lost in the system, the elderly dying alone, the prostitute selling her body, the drug addict wasting away. Every one of these lives matter. And God cares about each and every one. I know, you can’t reach everyone. But you can talk to your neighbor. You can stop and listen to a child… maybe your own. You can ask God each day to show you what His plan is for you. And you can speak out for the voiceless. You can share God’s heart towards the human race. Because every life matters.
And God has a plan for your life. If you will let Him, He will show you each day how to live it. He will lead you and guide you. And He will use you to touch someone’s life… a life that matters, just like yours.