Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Birdhouse

There is a house in our city which has an interesting feature outside.  

It is a birdhouse which is an exact replica of the house.  We have passed it several times on our walks and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.  Since this house is in a historic district, I am pretty safe in assuming the birdhouse was made to resemble the house and not the other way around.

The birdhouse looks exactly like the house. . .the same shutters, the same porch, the same painting scheme.  The birdhouse, however, is not and will never be the house.  The house is more grand in every way than the birdhouse can ever hope to be.  The birdhouse is merely that which points to, and draws attention to the house.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.   
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."  Romans 8:28,29.
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18

As Christians, we, too, are replicas, or we are being changed into a replica. . .a replica of Christ.  His Spirit is working in our spirits to conform us to the image of the Lord Jesus.  We are not and will never be Him.  He is more grand and glorious than we could ever imagine to be.  We exist to point to and bring attention to Him, because in all things He must have the preeminence.

"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."  Colossians 1:16-18.
What a wonderful thought that we are being made into His image, His likeness and His character, and yet, the attention will never be on us, but on Him.  For all eternity, every Christian, in their own unique way, will point to the wonders and glory of the Lord Jesus.

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