“BROWN EYES OR BLUE EYES” By Pastor YAU
Text: Psalm 139:13-16 June 20, 2010.
A wish of a girl: Since she was a little girl,
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) wished she had blue eyes instead of brown. She even
prayed that God would change her eye color and was disappointed with God when
it didn’t happen. At age 20, Amy sensed that God was calling her to serve Him
as a missionary. After serving in various places, she finally settled in
2) A song of a king: Psalm 139 is a song by King David expressing his awe on the supernatural and omnipresent attributes of God. It is also an admission of his own insignificance and inability to run the course of his life without God. Then He acknowledges the magnificent creation of his life by God’s hand even before he was born. He was completely captured in the wonders God made his body and his life. This passage, along with other passages, has been used to build the doctrine on the beginning and the sanctity of a life at the moment of conception; instead of at the moment when the baby is born.
HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU ARE?
1) No, mostly not! If everyone is honest to answer the above question and has the power to change something, I bet few, if any, is happy with what they are. Most people, regardless of how good they look, how intelligent they already are and all the good qualities, many will envy, they still feel they want to change to someone else. Very few people are truly happy with what they are and have. That’s why we see cosmetic is selling like crazy and plastic surgeons make millions and many more millions are spent in advertising: do this and you will look better. Just look at Eve and her situation. All of us will dream to live in paradise, but Eve wanted more than just living in the real paradise.
2) Greener on the other side: “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence” is eternally true in human mentality. Most people believe that the things they don’t have must be better than those they already have. So, they dream, they try, they work harder to get what they dream to have. By the time they get to the other side of the fence, the grass there may not be as green as the one they have just left. Or they may see the grass on the next house is greener and the race never stops.
3) The upside of the dream: It is not all bad for someone to feel inadequate, imperfect and wants to get better. Things like improving one’s ability, manner, intelligence, physical capacity and many others are not just legitimate, they are great desires and need to be encouraged. That is how we grow, improve and achieve better and higher goals, be it spiritual or just personal.
4) The flip side of the dream: Pursuing improvement, wanting to change or reaching higher must have a balanced attitude. Two guidelines we must follow: a) How long will you continue to pursue changes to make you feel happy and enough? b) There are things you will never be able to achieve or to possess, like to become God, as Eve wanted. If you ignore these guidelines, all you may get, no matter how much you have tried and have achieved, is emptiness and even despair like King Solomon.
THE WONDERS OF HUMAN LIFE: (Psalm 139:13-16)
1) It is a creation by God: “For you created my inner being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (139:13) This is the most clear description in the creation of a new life by God in the womb of a mother. It is God who creates a new life, putting all parts of a human body together in a mother’s womb. In His infinite wisdom and power, God initiates that starting of a new life and creates all the components of a human body. So, every baby, no matter how early in his/her life, is a sacred creation of God. God makes use of a mother’s womb to grow the baby to full term, then continue to nurture and grow that baby after his/her birth. Therefore, all babies, body and soul, belong to God because He created them.
2) It is a miracle in creation: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (139:14)With the modern day advanced technology in science and medicine, much of the human life, body and soul are still out of the range of understanding, much less to control or change. No wonder King David exclaimed that he was, with all human lives in history, was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Every life is uniquely designed, formed and developed in endless possibilities beyond any and all imagination. In His creating human life, God opens a crack for human to peek into His oceans of wisdom no one would ever be able to understand.
3) It is connected with God: “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.” (139:15)Since the day God created the first human being by breathing His breath of life in Genesis 2:7, human beings are spiritually connected with the Creator forever. The spiritual quality of a human being is the most distinguished quality of being human. The endless thirst in human souls for a connection with his Creator is the link to bring men to God. This is not about religion. It is about the need of a spiritual destiny.
4) It is a life long relationship: “Your eyes saw my unformed body. And all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (139:16) God ordains all the days of each life before each baby was formed and born. He is the only one who controls all the elements of our existence. No amount of human efforts or work may extend an hour of a life. This doctrine was echoed by Jesus in His sermon in Matthew , “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
THE PURPOSES OF GOD’S CREATION:
1) Created in His image: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) With all the important and basic doctrines of man derived from this very verse in the Bible, one thing stand out in all these is the image of God in his creation of man. It is never the look, the brain, the ability, the charm or anything else of a person that God sees it as the essence of him. What makes man different from the rest of all in God’s creation is we have the spirit of God and bear the image of Him. For anyone to ignore this and to focus on any or all other aspects of a person is disrespectful of God’s intent and grace.
2) Created for His glory: “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8) We are created to bear fruits for God’s Kingdom, and God will receive the glory if we bear much fruit. We are not here to change the world into a paradise so men can stay hear forever for that is not the plans of God for this world. We are here to spread His love and salvation of souls. It is never what we may achieve or gain from the world but what we can do to honor and glorify God.
3) Created for each other: “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, everyone of them, just as he wanted them to be.” (1 Corinthians 12:18)In dealing with the different function of different members in the Corinthian church, Paul said that God has the sovereignty of creating each part with different function and puts them together for the well being of the whole body. Just as each part of the body exists for other parts, we are created to supplement each other in personal and corporate sense. No one is created only for his or her personal purpose. Without contributing to each other for common good of others, our existence is meaningless.
4) Created as crown jewel: “God saw all that he has created and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31) In all other five days of creation, the Bible concludes the day with “God saw that it was good.” Only in the sixth day when God created man, the Bible used a different conclusion: God saw it was very good. No matter how you feel of yourself, the look, the intelligence, the ability, charm or anything else and you wish they were better or different, God saw you as very good. Even Amy wished her eyes better be blue instead of brown, God saw brown is very good for her.
1) God’s perfect creation: Regardless of what we think how God created us, it is always the perfect creation. He knows the purpose of His work and He will never make any mistake in creating each one of us. We can only see part of our life but God sees all parts. We can see what it is today, but God can see what it will be all the years in our life. He created us exactly what and why He wants us to be. There is no need of change or improvement. It is done the best way it can be.
2) God’s purpose, our purpose: This is a very important concept: we exist to fulfill God’s purpose, not ours. Our purpose of life is to glorify Him, to carry out His will and plans in us and to bring others to know Him. How we look and what we are is never the center of our life. God never sees anyone on the outside. He wants to see us on the inside.
3) God’s plan for your life: No achievement of human purpose is important in eternity. All external beauty and accomplishments will never be allowed to transport to heaven. So, realign your goal and purpose of life to prepare yourself a home for eternity. Be humble before God, choose His way of life, confess your sins and ask Him to be the Lord and Savior for your eternity. Be wise to make the wise choice today so you won’t regret tomorrow.