Life is Precious

I have just returned from St. Elizabeth hospital where I visited with our newest little Presbyterian here in Beaumont. She was a C-section baby, which means that she did not have to go through the rigors that accompany a natural birth (my first-born son was a true “conehead” when he was born), and therefore she was five pounds and five ounces of beautiful baby girl. I was reminded again of the fact that life is both precious and a gift from God.

None of us asked to be born. None of us deserved to be born. Yet, God, in His grace and for His purpose, has chosen to bless us with this thing called life. As Paul said on Mars Hill, “In Him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28) and so we owe our very existence (our minds, our emotions, our wills, our bodies) to God. Moreover, James writes that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17) which makes it particularly heinous when man chooses to ignore the graciousness of God and live his life following William Ernest Henley (and apparently Timothy McVeigh who quoted Henley at his execution) by saying, “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

No, man’s chief end is not to be rebellious (or apathetic) against the gracious Giver of life, but to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. #1) We are to embrace what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ, and to rest in Him, knowing that: 

30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

Life is truly precious; precious indeed! Treat it accordingly!

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