25th July 2011

The Greatest Florist

“But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.”
1 Corinthians 12:18 (NKJV)

I received a display of flowers, not so long ago and thought of that passage in 1 Corinthians 12:12-23 which likens the church to a body with many members.  Verse 18, quoted above, says that God puts each of us in the body as He pleases.  Another analogy might be a bouquet of flowers:

God, is like the best florist.
The green oasis is Jesus Christ, holding everything together.
We are all like flowers.
Denominations or Churches, are like floral displays or bouquets.

I imagine God as the greatest florist choosing the flowers. He picks different flowers for different arrangements, not all for the same display, as there are many displays.  God cuts and trims different flowers and puts them firmly into various displays where He sees fit.

He knows how the display will finally look, how perfectly each bloom and colour will complement the others in the display.  The flowers are all different sizes and shapes.  Just like the body needs all the parts, both the ones that people see and the parts which are not seen, or are small and not easily seen.

The Holy Spirit is like the water which we all need to help us grow and stay fresh.  If we don’t have the Holy Spirit, just like the flowers without the water in the display, we too will shrivel and die spiritually.

Father in heaven, help us to see you as great as a florist is compared to the flowers, which shouldn’t move as we are firmly planted in Jesus Christ, and help us to see we need the Holy Spirit, just like the flowers need water to survive.

Study by Joy Barlow

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