BLURRED! or a true image?

Blurred - or is it false?

Blurred - or is it false?

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?

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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2 Responses to BLURRED! or a true image?

  1. snowgood says:

    The second minister of God’s word who played a part in drawing me to faith used to take our Grammar School assemblies. He always used to say don’t look at Christians and judge them by the way they are, but by how they would be without Jesus!
    As a not yet believer at the time I thought that was a pretty fair request. What would we be like without Jesus? No doubt we fail, but we would be considerably more self centred without the Holy Spirit at work in us.


    • So very true! It makes me wonder just how wicked the world will be after Christians are taken out at the rapture. The Holy Spirit will then have no permanent residence on earth (since WE are His dwelling place) and evil will reign without restraint. (2 Thess 2)

      While it is true that we shouldn’t judge Christians by the way they are, it is also true that the world DOES. They NEED to see Jesus in us. When we “lift Him up” HE will draw them to Himself.


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