I heard that Alan Haberman died today? Who? You may not know the name, but he has impacted your life more than you know. Alan Haberman is the man responsible for the Universal Product Code. You probably know it better as the UPC label or the Bar Code.
Virtually everything you and I buy is identified by its UPC. The Bar Code is used for many other applications as well, from keeping up with patients and their treatments in hospitals to tracking package deliveries, but it’s at the grocery store that we are most aware of the Bar Code. With one quick swipe a product is identified and its price is put on display.
In the book of Galatians the Apostle Paul said, “I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17b) Paul was referring to the scars left on his body because of the persecution he faced for taking the message of Jesus to the world. In his second letter to the Church in Corinth he shares some of what he had gone through:
“Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:25-28)
Okay, we’ll probably never go through what Paul did, but shouldn’t we also bear the “brand-marks of Jesus?” In other words, shouldn’t we have a UPC? Our life should be lived in such a way that it identifies us as Unique Property of Christ? Our lives, our actions, our words, our deeds, and our love should be our UPC. Or as Paul put it, “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.