The Bouquet -- By Suresh Manoharan

The other day at the anniversary of a certain school anniversary where I was to lead the prayer session, I was presented with the most beautiful bouquet I have seen for a long time.  The array of colors of the flower petals making for a heady mix of the chromatic variety enchanted me so much that I wanted to preserve it for eternity, though I knew that cut flowers are at best short-lived.

Christians too are to remain connected to the ‘true vine’, if they have to be ‘beautiful’ forever.  As long as the life giving sap of His Spirit flows through us, we are bound to bloom spiritually, with pristine beauty of our lives-bearing Christ like character, being there for everyone to see and wonder!  As someone said "Christianity is not our responsibility but rather our response to His ability".  Our response, as it were, is to remain connected to Him.

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Are you connected to Him, ‘Today’?  Taken to its logical conclusion, the underlined captioned scripture portion would also mean that on the Great day of Judgment, many would be judged not as much for sinning, as for not depending on Him to escape the allurements of sin; not as much for not doing good as for not leaning upon His strength for doing good.

Prayer: Father enable me to dwell in thy Son at all times, for it is possible to lead a Holy life full of good works, only when I remain “connected” to Him.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Suresh Manoharan