What is the difference between a toy and a treasure? Both can sparkle and look very important and valuable. Both can bring joy to you at first. Yet an enormous difference in value is seen from the cheap plastic toys around us to the true treasures we might possess. Well, how do you value human life: like a toy, or a treasure?
God has given us His answer. He values human life as a treasure. In the Creation week, God created man in His own image. Psalm 8 says we were made a little lower than the angels, but crowned with glory and honor. Who crowned us? God did! His eternal plan is that we would live in fellowship with Him forever. That is how important we are to Him.
One of the best known Scriptures teaching God’s special care in creating human life is Psalm 139. Here, God is revealed as the Master Weaver. There are two words in these verses that literally speak about knitting or weaving. In verse 13, we read that God “covered” us in our mother’s womb. The word means “to weave or form into a little ball.” God formed our inward parts, creating the human embryo into a little ball. Also, in verse 15, we read that God “skillfully wrought” our bodies. This means God embroiders the bones and joints of our little bodies in the womb with the special care that a master weaver or seamstress would give to a beautiful cloth.
Who has not marveled at the details of God’s embroidery on the human body? We love to see the tiny hands and feet of a newborn, or the little nose and ears? It is a glorious and amazing privilege every time we get to see it. There is something God put into everyone of us as His image-bearers that causes us to marvel at a little baby. Whenever a little baby comes into the room, all eyes focus on the child. People can just sit and stare for hours, without needing to have any real conversation. All the entertainment they need is provided by this young child.
With such obvious value, we ought to cherish and protect human life. As Christians, we understand this better than anyone else in this world even can. All humans are made in God’s image, and thus they have value. This is true for the unborn. So Christians will do all they can to protect and preserve the life of the unborn children – even those unborn children of unbelievers. It pains us to see the years go by and abortion continue in our land.
As Christians, we also understand the value of life after the womb. For all the days that God gives us to live, our life has value. Verse 16 says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” As humans age, they remain valuable in God’s sight. They might not seem as productive if someone is disabled or handicapped. Or the person with cancer or stuck in a nursing home bed may appear less useful to society. Yet the absolute truth of God’s Word remains. Such people are still humans, valuable in God’s sight. All their days were fashioned by Him. And everyone of those days is a day when they are in God’s image, and called to reflect that image in giving glory to God with all that they can at that stage of life. Whether a 6-month old in a crib or a 92 year old in a bed, they are still “fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psalm 139:14)
As Christians, let us hold high the value of human life. To be truly pro-life is to grasp God’s viewpoint of the life that He has created in this world. He has made us to serve Him. Let us not snuff out the life of the young or the old, or waste our life when we are in between our birthday and our death-day. Rather, let us say with the Psalmist, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps. 118:24)
Rev. Kyle A. Sorensen, Manitowoc, Wisconsin