Near the entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, is a portrait with this inscription “James Butler Bonham: no picture of him exists. This portrait is of his nephew who greatly resembled his uncle. It is placed here by his family so that people may know something of the appearance of the man who died for their freedom.”
There is no literal portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ either. HE gave His life so that ALL people CAN be free. Now the world looks at those who bear His Name – those who claim to be His followers – expecting to find a resemblance. After all, if He lives in His people, surely there SHOULD be a likeness?
When people look at us, what sort of likeness do they see?
Can they catch a glimpse of Jesus?
Can they see a little of His character, His love, His nature?
Are they ATTRACTED to Jesus by what they see in us?
Every Christian IS a witness.
The question is – am I a GOOD witness or a BAD witness?
The old poem by Annie Johnson Flint still holds true:
We are the only Bible
The careless world will read;
We are the sinner’s Gospel,
We are the scoffer’s creed.
We are the Lord’s last message,
Given in deed and word.
What if the type is crooked?
What if the print is blurred?
We need to ask ourselves –
# Am I a stepping-stone or a stumbling block to faith in Christ?
# Does a non-believer look at my life and want what I have?