In this talk from 2018, Dr. Jo Vitale reminds us of our innate worth as people made in the image of God. In doing so, Jo asks, “Having lost sight of the intrinsic beauty of every human being, is it any wonder that we have learned to treat each other in such ugly ways?”
See, want, take. If that sequence is familiar to you, that’s because it is. That is the sequence of our downfall.
Sin begins with distorted vision.
At the root of every human conflict is our inability to see each other clearly, to recognize another person’s innate worth as someone who is made in the image of God. Having lost sight of the intrinsic beauty of every human being, is it any wonder that we have learned to treat each other in such ugly ways?
We see the trajectory of sin. What starts out as a desire for objects that we can do with as we please, quickly escalates into the objectification of humans to do with as well please.
Christ did not commission us to go into hiding, he commissioned us to go out into the world.
Christ has given us a light to see by, a light to live by. The temptation today is to look around and see nothing but change, but when Christ looks at a person, He sees through to what is unchanging: the image of God in every person.
Make it Personal
How do you see your vision of other people has having been distorted so that you aren’t seeing them first as an image-bearer?
How do you think conflict would be transformed if everyone recognized each other’s intrinsic value and beauty first?
What can we do, as we go into the world, to share that innate worth to the people around us?