by Jeff Strite

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Formed For A Purpose (1 of 10)
Series: Journey Through Jeremiah
Jeff Strite
Jeremiah 1:4-10

OPEN: Several years ago, the Country Gazette in Franklin, Massachusetts had this listing in its classified section: ''Unknown item for sale. We know it's valuable; we don't know what it is. If you can identify it, we'll sell it for $250.''

APPLY: Now isn't that interesting? They had no idea what this thing was. But they knew - somehow - that it had value. AND they realized that (only someone who knew what it was) would understand how valuable it truly was.

YOU AND I HAVE VALUE. The world may not know what kind of value we have … but that is because - only the one who created us really knows what we're worth.

David hinted at this in Psalms 139:13 ''For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.''

I. The Bible repeatedly declares that every individual on earth has value
Every person that has ever been born has been born with the potential to do great things.
God has created each one of us with the ability to change the world we live in.

That's what God told Jeremiah ''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.'' - Jeremiah 1:5

BUT, in our culture, there are those who don't believe we are created with any inherent potential. They try to convince us that we don't even start become valuable… we don't even start to become truly human until we are born

Up until that time, a child is called a ''fetus.'' It's considered to be a collection of tissue that can be tossed aside if it inconvenient because it doesn't have the quality of being truly human.

ILLUS: However, according to a report I read last year (2003), science has begun to challenge that presumption. New scanning techniques known as 3D and 4D scanning have revealed amazing pictures of babies inside the womb.
These pictures offer new insight into an unborn child's behavior. The tec ...

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