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The Incredible Seashell Rooster

Love for God Jesus' Sacrifice Human Worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-01-30

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

As a family in ministry, we often didn't get a lot of quality family time during the holidays. So we had a tradition of taking a post-Christmas family road trip to sunny Florida.  Along with a few gifts, each of our kids was given some cash and the opportunity, along the way, to pick out a few things for themselves. Inevitably, during these trips, we would end up in a south Florida gift shop.

It was during one of those gift shop stops that my youngest son, probably 6 or 7 years old at the time, first spotted an amazing rooster designed almost entirely out of seashells.  He was completely enamored by it. He was also convinced that I would love it as much as he did. 

So he took the seashell rooster to the man at the register to find out how much it would cost him.  After completely emptying his pockets of what was supposed to be his Christmas money, and some negotiation over the difference, he was so proud to walk away with that amazing seashell rooster for me, his father.

APPLICATION

From a practical point of view, I have never been given a more worthless gift. But when measured in terms of the sacrifice involved, I have never been given a more meaningful gift. In fact, of all of the gifts I've received over the years, the seashell rooster is still on my mantle. And its value to me only grows with time.

Although it serves no practical purpose, that rooster will always remind me of the time when my son completely forgot about himself, sacrificing all the money he had, in order to bless me. For that reason, it will always be one of my most valued possessions. 

Something similar happened two-thousand years ago when God forgot about Himself in order to bless us. But the gift of God's Son, sacrificed for us, would prove to be anything but impractical. Once received, it would pay for our sins, restore us to right fellowship with God, assure us of our true worth, bestow the promise of the resurrection, and grant us eternal citizenship in God's Kingdom. Receiving Jesus literally satisfies all of our deepest longings and all of our most essential needs.

And when this gift is measured in terms of the sacrifice involved, we see how profoundly wonderful it really is, for it represents the highest price that has ever been paid for anything. God was willing to make the greatest of all sacrifices for the joy of loving us.

You will never be offered a more meaningful gift. May the value that you place on this gift, and the joy that you find in Jesus, only grow in time.

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15).

"Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross ..." (Hebrews 12:2).

Beautiful People

Human Worth Love (Divine) Sacred

Source: Television Series: "All In the Family"

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2017-06-03

Scripture: Matthew 25:40

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

In an episode of the old television series “All in the Family,”  Edith and Archie are attending Edith’s High School class reunion.  Edith encounters an old classmate named Buck who has allowed himself to become extremely obese.  Edith has a delightful conversation with him about old times and the things they did together, but remarkably, Edith doesn’t seem to even notice how extremely heavy her friend has become. 

Later, Edith and Archie are talking.  She says, “Archie, ain’t Buck a beautiful person?”  Archie replies: “Edith, I’ll never figure you out.  You and I can look at the same guy and you see a beautiful person and I see a blimp!”  And Edith replies, simply, “Yeah, Arch, ain’t that too bad!”

APPLICATION

Jesus tells us that when we look at other people, we should see something special in them; we should see them not just as beautiful people but as people for whom He gave His life; we should see them not just as fellow believers but as people in whom He lives.

What do you see when you look at the broken person, the dysfunctional person, the needy person, the sinner?  If you see anything less than one for whom Christ died, "ain't that too bad!"

Jesus said:  "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

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

Link to Source: Click here to view source

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

Scripture: Lamentations 4:2 ; Genesis 1:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

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).

Do You See What You See?

Value (True Worth) Human Worth Lost Opportunity

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2016-07-19

Scripture: Romans 8:32 ; Ephesians 2:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Human Life, Made To Order

Human Worth Mortality Cultural Trends

Contributed By: John Rollyson | Date Posted: 2016-03-24

Scripture: Genesis 1:27 ; Luke 12:7

Author: John Stonestreet
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Inferior People

Prejudice Humility Human Worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-21

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Ephesians 3:8

Author: Kent Crockett
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Genome 'Junk' Revealed to Hold Great Value

Human Worth Science Arrogance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Scripture: Psalms 139:13

Author: GINA KOLATA/Illustration Exchange
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How To Have A Cheaper Easter

Easter Human Worth Materialism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-25

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Arithmetic of You

Human Worth Self-worth God's Image

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-02

Scripture: Psalms 139:14

Author: Steve May / Illustration Exchange
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A Tale of Two Notes

Human Worth God's Love Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-22

Scripture: Proverbs 31:11

Author: Bruce Larson
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