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The Difference A Label Can Make

God's Image Human Worth Honor

Source: “Bicycle Company Puts TV on Boxes, Reduces Delivery Damage by 80 Percent,” By Spooky, published OddityCentral.com, September 27th, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-01

Scripture: Lamentations 4:2 ; Genesis 1:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Dutch bicycle manufacturer, VanMoof, has come up with an ingenious idea for ensuring that its product is safely transported to its customers. Oddity Central reports: 

VanMoof plans to sell 90 percent of its bicycles online by 2020, but after seeing a considerable number of products getting damaged during deliveries and incurring serious losses, the company was left with two options – rethink its business plan or come up with an effective solution.  Luckily, they managed to come up with something so brilliant that it’s bound to be copied by other companies that rely heavily on online sales.

Creative director Bex Rad wrote on the company blog:

Earlier this year our co-founder Ties had a flash of genius. Our boxes are about the same size as a (really really reaaaally massive) flatscreen television. Flatscreen televisions always arrive in perfect condition. What if we just printed a flatscreen television on the side of our boxes?

By simply printing a flatscreen TV on the boxes, they reduced the rate of damaged goods by 70 to 80 percent.

APPLICATION

When we value what’s in the box, we treat the box with greater care. 

In Genesis 1:27 we read, "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." When we understand that people have been imprinted with the very image of God, we treat people with greater care. 

But there’s something else that belongs on the outside of our box, something that increases our value even more. Yes, we possess God’s image; but we have also been bought and redeemed by the sacrifice of the Son of God.  That means that every person you meet has a price tag placed on them by God Himself--the value of the very life of Christ. 

When we value what’s in the box, we treat the box with greater care. How do YOU treat people?

“See how the precious children of Jerusalem, worth their weight in fine gold, are now treated like pots of clay made by a common potter” (Lamentations 4:2).

Dehumanizing The Humanity Around Us

God's Image Abortion Repentance

Source: What a Super Bowl Ad Reveals About Our Abortion Culture” by Russell Moore, published RussellMoore.com, February 8, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-13

Scripture: Luke 10:29

Author: Russell Moore
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Russell Moore writes:

Social media lit up during this year’s Super Bowl over the abortion lobby’s outrage about a chip commercial. Doritos aired an advertisement depicting a husband and wife proudly looking at an ultrasound of their unborn baby. Suddenly, the baby begins motioning for the Doritos chips that her dad is eating. Dad then begins moving his bag of snacks around his wife’s belly to get his baby to follow it, which the baby does.

In response, NARAL, a national abortion rights lobby, posted on Twitter, denouncing the ad for “using [the] #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses.”

... The abortion lobby responded this way to a commercial that wasn’t in any way directed at them. It wasn’t about abortion at all. The outrage was because any hint of personhood inside the womb is the beginning of the end for a culture of death.

 

APPLICATION

Moore concludes:

We cannot “humanize” what is already human, but we can certainly dehumanize the humanity around, or within, us. The abortion lobby wants the “fetus” to be thought of only in clinical language, as though he or she were merely an “it,” tissue to be disposed of.

Those who oppress the poor want them to be thought of merely in economic categories, as drains on the “system,” not as image-bearers of God. Those who want to “consume” pornography want to think of those on the screen as images, not as people with stories and hurts and families.

... When we sin against one another, we want to see the other person as something less than a person. We want to ask as the lawyer did to Jesus, “Who then is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29).

When those we dehumanize are seen, despite our best efforts, as human, we either repent or we become angered.

God's Glory Is Stitched In Your Genes

God's Image Glorify God Value (True Worth)

Source: Conference Message: Passion 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-18

Scripture: Genesis 1:27 ; Ephesians 2:10

Author: Lecrae / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Lecrae Devaughn Moore (1979 - ), simply known as Lecrae, is an American Christian rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records, and the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries.

At a conference appearance (PASSION 2015), Lecrae told the story of a recent trip to Hollywood during which he stopped into a department store to buy a T-shirt. Not a fancy silk or diamond studded shirt—just a plain cotton T-shirt. As he pulled one from the rack, he noticed the price tag and thought to himself that it must be mis-marked. So he pulled another only to find the same price on the tag. Incredulous, he approached the salesperson to question the exorbitant price—$640!

The salesperson told him the price was correct—$640 was the “special” sale price!

He began to question what could possibly be so special about this T-shirt to warrant such a value. “Am I going to be healed of some disease when I put this on? Am I going to get some kind of super-power?”

“It’s the designer’s name on it that adds value to it,” she replied.

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APPLICATION

“Do you know how valuable you are because of Whose name is on you?” Lecrae asked the crowd.

“Do you understand that your worth and value comes from Whose name is on you? God’s glory is stitched in your genes, and you are here to glorify Him!”

Indeed, we are made in the very image of the Living God. He has designed us. He has created us to do His will and His work.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27, NLT). “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

Keeping in Fashion

God's Care Creation/Creationism God's Image

Contributed By: Anthony Edwards | Date Posted: 2014-12-29

Scripture: Psalms 139:16

Author: Anthony Edwards
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Worth Fixin

Value (True Worth) God's Image Redemption

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2014-09-24

Scripture: Genesis 1:26

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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A Reflection We Cannot Deny

Self-image Beauty God's Image

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-03-13

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3

Author: Rebecca Zamer/Illustration Exchange
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What Murder Does To You

Murder God's Image Consequences

Contributed By: Rick Stacy | Date Posted: 2014-01-31

Scripture: Matthew 23:35

Author: Rick Stacy
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The Yule Lads of Iceland

Christmas Jesus, Savior God's Image

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2013-12-12

Scripture: John 1:1 ; John 1:14

Author: Larry Lewis
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God Makes Beautiful Things

Beauty Self-image God's Image

Contributed By: Andrew Francis | Date Posted: 2013-09-02

Scripture: Psalms 139:14

Author: Andrew Francis
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A New Face, A New Life

Justification (Positional) Sin God's Image

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-29

Scripture: Romans 8:29 ; 1 Corinthians 15:29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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