Galatians 2.20–‘I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.’
The world needs a fresh, living portrait of Jesus Christ. His noblest portrait is a transformed personality with God’s divine love gleaming through it. Paul declared ‘for me to live is for Christ to live again in me.’ Matthew portrays him as a King, Mark reveals him as a servant, Luke sets him forth as the Son of Man, while John describes him as the Son of God. While these are all true, they cannot adequately present the complete picture. The portrait which the world covets is to be found in a redeemed and consecrated life. Christians whose lives been so marked by such deep spirituality have always maintained the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
Just before William Carey passed into fuller life, a friend happened to speak to him about his great work in India, but the humble missionary of the cross made reply, ‘when I am gone, talk not of Carey, talk of Carey’s Christ.’ By our thoughts and lives we become like that to which we constantly look and about which we think. Look at sin long enough and its cruel lines of uncharitableness will soon be graven upon our faces. Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world and all his wonderful passion and purity will refine our natures, until the beauty of his holiness is seen in our lives. The world asks for a fresh portrait of Jesus, and where will they find that portrait? They will find it in the lives of Christians. Will the world see that portrait in you?