When the wife of missionary Adoniram Judson told him that a newspaper article likened
him to some of the apostles, Judson replied, "I do not want to be like a
mere man. I want to be like Christ...I want to follow Him only, copy His teachings, drink
in His Spirit, and place my feet in His footprints...Oh, to be more like Christ!"
On a wall near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, is a portrait with
the following inscription: "James Butler Bonham--no picture of him exists. This
portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle.
It is placed here by the family that people may know the appearance of the man who died
for freedom." No literal portrait of Jesus exists either. But the likeness of the Son
who makes us free can be seen in the lives of His true followers.
In Discipleship Journal, Carole Mayhall tells of a woman who went to a diet center to
lose weight. The director took her to a full-length mirror. On it he outlined a figure and
told her, "This is what I want you to be like at the end of the program." Days
of intense dieting and exercise followed, and every week the woman would stand in front of
the mirror, discouraged because her bulging outline didn't fit the director's ideal. But
she kept at it, and finally one day she conformed to the longed-for image.
Daily Bread, August 8,