Dear Windermere Friends,
Week 40 – Beautiful Flowers
As the weather changes here at the lake, we are tending to our flowers.Our faithful volunteers from South County Baptist church always help us with moving our flowers indoors for the winter. I am not a flower expert by any means. I have learned that there are three kinds of growing flowers.
Annual plants live for only one growing season, during which they produce seeds, then die…Biennial plants live for two growing seasons before setting seed and dying. The term perennial is reserved for plants that live for more than two years. The thought occurred to me: The growth of flowers can be an illustration for our walk with Christ. How would you describe your walk with Christ? Annual, biennial or perennial? Are you devoted for one two growing seasons or for a lifetime? One of my devotional partners over the years has been Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. Here is a quote that I cherish –
Jesus told His disciples not to rejoice in successful service and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit…So often we mar God’s designed influence through us by our self-conscious effort to be useful. Jesus says there is only one way to develop spiritually and that is by concentration on God.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest)
I have underlined the words one life on that day in my copy of My Utmost for His Highest. In my mind ‘one life’ represents the perennial Christian.
One life wholly devoted means this – We must maintain our intimacy with Christ. The first priority of the perennial Christian is to stay close to God! A blooming fruitful Christian come as a result of being with Jesus! John 15:4 says this: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I heard a student ministry communicator
once talk about a highway department
worker that was assigned the job of painting lines down the middle of highways. His foreman noticed how his lines were getting progressively fainter every few yards. Finally the lines could barely be seen. When the foreman confronted the worker about it, the worker said,”I can’t help it. I keep getting farther and farther from the paint bucket.” The key for the perennial Christian is staying close to Jesus!
Prayer – Lord help me to be wholly devoted to you. And help me to do it perennially. Help me to grown every season.
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October 6-8, 2016
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It is always a pretty day at the lake.
John W. Bailey
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