Have you ever stopped to think about the human heart? According to experts, the average heart pumps over one thousand gallons of blood through our bodies every day. That is enough blood to fill thirteen super tankers or fifty-five million gallons in a lifetime. When we stop and consider the sheer volume of blood being pushed through our sixty thousand miles of blood vessels, from a ten-ounce heart, even the most critical skeptic must stop and say, “Wow!"
I believe that is how David must have felt when he scribed the passage in Psalms, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psalms 139:14)
David, under divine inspiration, described the uniqueness and complexity of our bodies that modern medicine would only discover thousands of years later. It was Galen, in the second century AD, who wrote about vessels and veins: “Throughout the body the animal arteries are mingled with veins and veins with arteries, and both veins and arteries are mingled with nerves and the nerves with these.”
How uniquely and complexly our bodies have been designed that almost a dozen major and vital systems harmoniously operate as one unit, just for one breath to take place. So yes, David. We are “fearfully and wonderfully” made.
If God took the time to uniquely form and give life to us, certainly one can conclude that we are made for more than we are currently experiencing in life. Did David receive from God something that he alone knew? No. In fact, all throughout Scripture, there are references that seem to indicate that we are made for so much more than working nine to five, paying bills, building a family, watching them move out and get married, retiring, and dying.
In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let Us make man in Our image and in Our likeness…” The first reason I believe we were made for more is:
We were made in the image of God.
Do you think that God, when He decided to make mankind, thought, “I am going to make some mediocre, worthless piece of junk?” No. He looks over at the beauty of His Son and at the Splendor of His Spirit and says, “I am going to make man after OUR image and likeness.”
God takes the dirt from the ground and forms a man. Then what? He breathes on the dirt and it comes alive. Have you ever been sick because you were near someone else who was sick? What happened? Excuse my wording, but you got what they got. So, when God, the Creator of the universe, took mere dirt and breathed life into it, we got what He got. Therefore, it is no wonder why David wrote that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”, because the same likeness of God the father, God the Son, and God the Spirit was placed in the human form.
The second reason you and I were made for more is found in Jeremiah 1:5, where God says to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you...” We were made for more because we were known before we were born.
God tells Jeremiah that he was known before he was born, and God tells him that he was “ordained to be a prophet to the nations.” God not only knows us before birth, but gives us a life purpose before we become the apple of our mother's eye.
If God knows us before we are born, why do we sometimes think He has forgotten us now? The pressure and anxieties of life sometimes overcome us and steal away from us the truth of God’s Word.
Remember the parable of the Sower that Jesus taught us? He compares the Word of God to seeds that were planted on three different types of soil. One could grow because the soil was fertile. One could not grow because of the stones. And one could only grow for a short time before getting choked out and dying. Jesus explains why this happened, "The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:18-23)
Look at that word “unfruitful.” It is a picture of many of our loved ones, and, if we’re honest, might be a picture of ourselves. But we were made for more than to settle for unfruitfulness.
Why do we settle for mediocrity and hopelessness instead of pressing for excellence and significance? Well, let’s face it. Over the last hundred years or so, we have taught our children that evolution is the cause of civilization. Basically, we are rearranged pond scum. What kind of purpose does pond scum really have?
When we go back to the roots of our country —the Bible—we find the roots of our very existence. We find a reason for living.
There is another reason we are made for more: We are valuable to God. In John 3:16, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
It doesn't make sense that God would give His life for us, let alone His Son's life. But does it not speak to the value He gives us? You and I are valuable to God. Our relationship with the Father is valuable to God. How valuable? Valuable enough to give His only Son.
Do not seek someone to affirm your value. God already has! You and I were made for more, so let’s start living like it.