It Was Not Accident I was Not Killed In This Accident

It Was Not Accident I was Not Killed In This Accident

Jeremiah 1:55″Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”Sometimes things happen in everyone’s life and I want to share my wins with you so you can feel the love of the Lord like I do. This past week had been very interesting concerning just surviving. I had a car accident. They tell me I went up a 30 ft light pole and I walked away from the accident. This showed me that no one is leaving this earth until God wants you to leave. I ruined my car, but I am still alive. {{more}}Thank you Jesus!! I have been praising God every since the accident and thanking him that he allowed me to live another day. I next had an incident at Wal-Mart where I passed out and hit my head and had to have numerous stitches to close the wound. Last Friday was a day to remember because God was there with me and I am still alive!! Remember that every incident is a chance to thank God and to praise his mercy and kindness. Amen!In Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life” he makes a profound statement. He says, “You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.”In our message this week we learn that Jeremiah learns this fact first hand when he hears God say in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Amen!Now most of us may not be prophets, but I think that the first part of this verse applies to all of us. God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” He goes on to say: “Before you were born I sanctified you.” He has set us apart He has made us special. You are not an accident.The voice of God comes to announce our extraordinary worth. This worth is inseparably linked to the fact that we were made by God and for God. Our worth to God started before we were born. We have invaluable worth because we were born in the mind of God even before we entered our mother’s womb. We were valuable to God before the world began because we were already on His mind and in His imagination. This fact is something that can never change or ever be taken away from us. It is the something we can never lose. David wrote in Psalms 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works.” Amen! God prescribed every single detail of my creation. He deliberately chose my race, my gender, the color of my hair, the color of my skin, the color of my eyes but guess what He has done the same for you. You see I am not an accident and neither are you. Can you imagine what Jeremiah must have felt when he heard God say in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Amen! Here at this moment Jeremiah hears the voice of God the Creator of the Universe He who put the stars in place He who formed the world and all that we know from the telescopic to the microscopic and God speaks to Jeremiah and says: “Jeremiah you are special. You have been on my mind a long, long, long time.” How would you feel?I think that I would echo the words of Psalms 8:4, “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” Amen! In other words how important are we that God should even pay attention to us? Yet He does! He says we are very important. The theme of our value before God can be found throughout the Bible.In Ephesians chapter two Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus and says in ”Ephesians 2:10,“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Amen!Christians this verse says we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for the purpose of performing good works which God prepared for us from the foundation world. Not only has God created each and every one of us unique He has a purpose for our lives. I am not an accident. I have infinite value because of who I am in Christ.Jesus taught on our value when He spoke three parables in the fifteenth chapter of Luke. In the fifteenth chapter of Luke Jesus spoke about a lost sheep a lost coin and a lost son. Allow me to tell you those stories now.THE LOST SHEEPJesus said in Luke 15:4-7, “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Would not you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ’Celebrate with me! I have found my lost sheep!’ Count on it there is more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.”THE LOST COINJesus went on to say in Luke 15:8-10, “Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: “Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin! Count on it that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.” Amen!THE LOST SONThen he said in Luke 15:11-32 says, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ’Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’ “So the father divided the property between them. It was not long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any. “That brought him to his senses. He said, All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I am going back to my father. I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against God, I have sinned before you; I do not deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father. “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ’Father, I have sinned against God, I have sinned before you; I do not deserve to be called your son ever again.’ “But the father was not listening. He was calling to the servants, ’Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We are going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here and was given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time. “All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day’s work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ’Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast barbecued beef, because he has him home safe and sound.’ “The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he would not listen. The son said, ’Look how many years I have stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’ “His father said, ’Son, you do not understand. You are with me all the time and everything that is mine is yours, but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and now he is alive! He was lost, and he has been found! Amen!RELATIONSHIP IS MOST IMPORTANTIn America we place great value on youth, beauty, athletic ability, intelligence, education, wealth and fame. But I want you to notice that the Bible places more value on relationship than anything else. The shepherd has lost HIS sheep. The woman had lost HER coin. The father has lost HIS son. The loss was great because of the relationship that existed. God says you have great value because Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Godknows me I have great value I am not an accident.” Ezekiel 18:4 says, “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine.” amenThey are as much a part of his creation as the teachers, doctors and nurses who take care for them. Their worth to society is the very fact that they dependent on society. They are God’s gift to us. God is teaching us the value of taking care of people who can never return the favor in any way. And yet, those who work with them can tell you that they receive a great deal from these people. God is showing us the value of human life when life is all these individuals have. FAMILY DNAIt has been a long time since my grandfather passed away. It was quite a few years after that that my father died. But there was a very interesting thing that I noticed at one point. When I placed a picture of my grandfather and father side by side they looked very much alike. They were very similar in appearance. People say that I look very much like my father and I believe that to be true. You see DNA has a lot to do with that. My grandfather passed his DNA to my father who passed his DNA on to me. You could tell from appearance that my father was the son of his father just as you can tell from appearance that I am the son of my father. If my DNA were to be tested there would be no doubt that I of the “Nelson” blood line there is value in that. The Nelson family has never been wealthy, but there is a rich heritage associated with the name and I am an heir to that heritage. I often wonder if there is such a thing as spiritual DNA. The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”We have great value because we were created in the image of God. I have been created in His image just as you have just as every human being has. Your life finds meaning only in a relationship with the God in whose image you were created. He has a purpose and plan for your life that is different from every other person who was ever created. God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Amen!You are so important to him that, as Jesus said in Luke 12:6-7, “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Amen!Do you beat yourself up because you are not pretty enough tall enough smart enough? Do you cut yourself down because you feel you are lacking abilities? God said in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you.” Amen!God has made you who you are. Before He formed you in your mother’s womb He knew you.A few years ago I was reading through the book The Purpose Driven Life. After reading chapter two which is titled “You Are Not An Accident” a friend comes to me and says to thank me. It turns out that he was adopted as an infant. Even though he was adopted by a loving and kind family who raised him as though he were their own when he found out about the adoption he questioned his self-worth. He said, “Thank you I realize now I am not an accident.” Folks let me tell you no matter what your situation is or was you are not an accident God has had you on His mind for a long, long, long time and it was not an accident that I was not killed in that car accident last week. Amen!