by Ron Hutchcraft
I already was feeling some of the residual sadness of another September 11. Then today’s headlines shouted another 9/11 tragedy – the deaths of an American ambassador and three of his staff. Killed – as they often say about police officers or soldiers – in the line of duty.
Sounds like the man we lost is the kind of person we want representing our country. Proficient in the language, out among the people, building relationships, taking risks so folks can be free.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Years ago there was a Newsweek cover story that really caught my attention. It was about twins, and my wife and I had several friends at that time that had twins. Occasionally we had expressed horror at the thought of having had any two of our kids at the same time! Fortunately, God knows who can handle these incredible assignments, and who can’t, so he wisely sent our three children two years apart.
But the Newsweek article was intriguing, and it explained the great amount of research that’s being done regarding twins. And the article stated that the studies not only revealed a lot about twins, but also about all of us. For example, there are the studies that have been done on twins who have been separated at birth, and then raised totally apart and then reunited as adults. It is amazing how alike they are in their temperament, and the choices they’ve made, their likes, and their dislikes.
So, they’re giving scientists new evidence in the debate over how much we’re a product of our environment as opposed to how much of us is genetically programmed. These twins are telling us that there’s a lot about us, more than we think, that we’re born with. You know what? That should come as no surprise.
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Designer Genes and Chromosomes.”
Now, our word for today from the Word of God, Ephesians 2:10. I love this. Great verse, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God (get this) prepared in advance for us to do.” In other words, God has set you up uniquely for specific assignments that you are put on earth to do on a daily basis.
Now, the twins research tells us that each person seems to be uniquely wired. Well, so does the Bible. For example, you go to what David said in Psalm 139. In that great prayer he says, “God, You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Then he says, “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
See, from conception, God has designed you to carry out a unique plan. You’re just the right height to do what He’s prepared for you to do. You’ve got just the right hair. You’ve got the right voice. You have just the right basic temperament. You’ve got the right skills and talents. He’s even given you certain limitations to help you be sensitive and dependant, and compassionate, and He put you in the right family too.
It’s true, a sinful environment has corrupted the purity of God’s programming, but the basic you is God’s one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Oh, you may be missing the point of how right you are, because you have done too much comparing with other people or with the things that society says are important. How can you be compared? You are uniquely wired for unique assignments. You’re a category all by yourself. Hello? There’s no one we can compare you to. You’re the only one like you.
When are you going to start celebrating what you are instead of focusing on what you aren’t? You were made right! You’re wired for daily contributions only you can make. And ultimately we can only discover the answer to the question, “Why am I here?” by belonging to the God who put us here; who designed us. That’s why the Bible says, “All things were created by Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). We were supposed to revolve our life around our Creator, and in so doing find our destiny, find our identity, find our reason to be. Unfortunately, we found another reason to be; living for ourselves, which the Bible calls sin…middle letter “I.” It’s a terrible thing to be away from God, because it means a life without meaning and an eternity without hope. That’s why Jesus came. He came to bring us together and to unite us with the God who has the plan.
Maybe it’s time for you to say, “I’m not wasting another day with a ‘me-run’ life. Jesus, I’m turning it over to you. I’m all yours. You died for me, I’m yours.” Go to our website. You’ll find some help there in beginning a relationship with Him. YoursForLife.net. And you can belong to the Designing Genius who made you. You are a product of His never wrong, always right designing genius.