By Brock Bondurant
Psalm 139:13-16 – “13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
I am not God. We covered that. I am born into limitations that He isn’t constrained by. God is supremely good. I am born bent in the opposite direction of goodness. Therefore, He has outlined good boundaries for me to stay within for the flourishing of self and all mankind. He is also infinite, knowing no bounds. I am finite and have bounds I am constrained to. Compared to God and even some pieces of his creation I am small and insignificant – just stand next to a mountain! But knowing where I stand in relation to the Creator is awe-inspiring; reverence-inducing. What is man that you are mindful of him? (Psalm 8:4)
I am significant. God took the time to form my inward parts with his hands, he died on a cross to save me, and gives me the choice to follow him and join his family. These all declare the eternal value with which we possess.
I was created by God, made in his image (Genesis 1:27)! I am conceived with intrinsic value, as is every human being ever created; intricately woven. But it doesn’t stop there: I, a sinner, am made significant by the Cross – chosen (John 15:16), called (1 Corinthians 1:9), accepted (Romans 15:7), and loved (Romans 5:8) by a Father who longs to be with me. God deemed us worthy by coming down from his heavenly throne, taking on the form of a servant, dying a gruesome death on the Cross (Philippians 2:5-8), and being raised again to invite us into new life. He gives us the choice to follow Him; the choice to become an adopted child in God’s family. He cares so much for us; little old us!
We are walking dichotomies really – made of dirt (Genesis 2:7), but in the image of God; small and irrelevant, yet regarded as worthy of saving through an act of radical love; children of wrath given the opportunity to become children of God.
Looking at or within myself, I see weakness, flaws, sin, unworthiness, shame, and insignificance. When I look at the Cross I see my worth, strength, righteousness, and peace through the love, grace, and mercy of the one who died. The great exchange at the Cross returned to me the eternal significance that my Creator established in me so wonderfully and fearfully in my mother’s womb.
After all this, He shows extravagant love to us by extending an invitation, a choice to come follow Him. The God of the universe allows me the choice to accept or deny him; to be a child of God or a child of wrath. The way I respond to Jesus gives me one or the other for eternity.
No matter who you are or where you’re at as you read this, you are known, loved, and free. God took the time to intricately make you, knitting you together in his own image. He came down to earth to live a life you couldn’t and die a death you should’ve, rising again so that you can too. Yet even now, He gives you a choice.
You are significant. Choose the one who chose you, today and every day after.