Editor’s Note: January  22 has been designated “Sanctity of  Life Sunday”  in 2012. In light of that, we offer a few devotional thoughts church leaders may want to share or adapt, based on Psalm 139:13

Not long ago, a popular cable television channel aired a series based on what happens to animals in utero. Week by week we watched as baby dolphins, baby elephants, and baby puppies developed, computer graphics and 4-D ultrasound imagery taking us inside the womb to watch the growth process day by day. Fascinating stuff!

Its interesting to think about what it might be like to use the same state-of-the-art graphics to explore the process human babies undergo as they develop in their mother’s womb. Awe-inspiring, no doubt! I’m confident the experience would  illustrate the words of Psalm 139:13 in an awe-inspiring way.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thinking about it, I must admit that too often, I take for granted the body God has given me;  too often, I take for granted the many ways he continues to sustain my physical health and life. You, too? This verse points out the care our Creator used as he brought each one of us to life. The slope of your nose. The shape of my ear lobes. The blood vessels of our heart and lungs. The cells that make up our spleen and kidneys—and all those other organs that are usually out of sight, out of mind.

Though we usually ignore them, each drew God’s close, personal attention. My chin is not an accident. Your hair color isn’t either. Our lips and eyes, our mouths and foreheads, our biceps and big toes—all brought a smile of approval to our Father God’s face—even before we passed through the birth canal and took our first big breath of air. You and I were uniquely formed, “knitted together” as the psalmist puts it, in our mother’s womb.

That implies a lot! For example, when we fret about being too tall or too short, we insult the divine Artist who made us just so. When we neglect the bodies God has given, failing to get enough rest, eating too much of the wrong foods, neglecting the exercise that would keep us strong and vibrant—these are sins. When we fail to care for the hungry, to honor the elderly, to protect the innocent (yes, even the innocent in the womb), or to respect individuals who are different from us, we offend the God who made us all.

When we consider all this, we can draw only one conclusion. We’re all guilty before God. It’s bad news. Worse, we deserve eternal death because of it.

The good news, though, is that our Creator willingly became our Redeemer. Our Judge is also our Brother. Jesus heals and forgives. He really does! Calvary’s cross proves it. That cross is the ultimate irony—an instrument designed to bring the cruelest death imaginable has brought life, eternal life. It’s the life Christians celebrate most of all. It’s the life we will celebrate forever. All because of what Jesus did for us on Calvary.

So now, today, what are you going to do with the life your Creator-Redeemer has given you?

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