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.
"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, 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.
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.