Having a great model or a beautiful scene doesn’t necessarily mean you will end up with a great image from your photography. It’s all about composition. Composition entails knowing when and where to put the image on the film. Photographers use certain photography rules to help them get the most out of the image. For example, they will use the “Rule of Thirds” which “makes use of a natural tendency of the human eye to be more strongly drawn towards certain parts of an image” (about.com). A photographer might also use “Depth of Field” which “is the amount of your image before and beyond your focus point that will be in focus. Depth of field tells you whether or not your subject and background can be sharply focused at the same time” (about.com). Other rules about centering your subject, horizontal vs. vertical, point of view, leading lines, natural frames and whether the subject looks in to the camera or not all play apart in a great image being created.
Jesus acts as a great photographer with each of us. He takes our image and makes it better. And much like a great photographer’s assistant brings prospective models in to the photographer, Jesus expects us to bring others to Him. Did you know that half of Jesus’ disciples were brothers; Peter and Andrew, James and John (sons of Zebedee), James and Matthew (sons of Alphaeus)? Andrew is credited with bringing his brother Peter to Jesus. Read John 1: 35-42.
35Again the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and noticed them following Him, He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are You staying?” 39 “Come and you’ll see,” He replied. So they went and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. It was about 10 in the morning. 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed Him. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which means “AnointedOne”), 42 and he brought Simon to Jesus. When Jesus saw him, He said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which means “Rock”).
As a result of Andrew bringing his brother Peter to the Lord, Jesus was able to make the most out of the image of Peter. He brought Peter in to focus and helped others look at him in a new light. He turned Peter in to the “Rock”.
What an encouragement to know that we can help others become a beautiful piece of art. What an incredible encouragement to know that Jesus can develop our image in to an image that is looked at and admired and valued by Him and others throughout our lifetime and after.