“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:” (Deuteronomy 6:6)
“And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9)
The old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A picture itself is often used as a reminder. It makes us remember times of joy, prosperity, success, and many other good things. And they can make us also remember some not so good things. You can probably tell which category the picture falls into by whether or not the owner of the picture puts it on display openly.
Maybe I should have titled this devotion, “A Picture Presents the Opportunity to Preach the Gospel.” Believe it or not, there are people who have been taking “snap-shots” of your life before and after you were saved. And these “pictures” are known as your testimony.
Deuteronomy 6:20 says:
“And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?”
The next few verses (21-25) tell the story of The Good News, The Gospel. In other words, they are the story of how God delivered them out of bondage and blessed them.
For some of us this will not be a question asked by our sons, but by many others who view the Bible verses and the pictures in our homes and in our wallets, and who view our living testimonies every day. 1 Peter 3:15 says:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
It is my hope to use one of my best friend’s family portraits as an opportunity to witness to a young newly-wed of how a Godly home is blessed by God. Of course, my friend and his wife are fellow believers and faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now I know that this is not exactly the same as standing behind the pulpit preaching, or standing on the corner passing out tracts. But I do believe that God has placed on my heart to use this opportunity to give praise to others who are of the Body of Christ; and in turn, to see that He is praised above all as the One who has done this in their life.
If it is the Lord’s Will, this will be “A Picture that Preaches the Gospel.” And may our daily testimony be the same!