So, I was just reading over my Sunday School lesson for tomorrow in my book called “The Gospel Project For Students”. So I read the lesson and this one story stood out at me. So, I am going to post a majority of it here. Everything in parentheses is quoted from the book, not me.
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
(Everyone Likes Flowers. They’re great for impressing a date or for sitting on a bookshelf. But, after a few days, even the most beautiful flowers start to wither. The reason behind that withering is simple:
Flowers in a vase are dead.
Sure, they look good for a while. They look like they have life. But in the end, they are dead when cut from the root. Yes, they show signs of life for a while, but beauty is a lie. A wonderful lie, but a lie all the same.
This is an important spiritual truth for us to recognize. Too many people are flowers in a vase. They look pretty, even making a room look better, but beauty is a lie. Though they have signs of life, they’re actually spiritually dead; apart from Christ, all of us are cut off from the source of life. And it’s just a matter of time before we start to show the signs of death, rather then life.
Verses like Ephesians 2:1-2 might sound at best pessimistic, and at worst mean, but these words are words of love from God. He loves us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. He’s not content having us ACT like we are alive, we wants us to BE alive. The only way to be truly alive is to have a relationship with God in Christ.)
Isn’t that interesting to think about? I think it is. We need to be more then flowers in a vase. We need to be a garden flourishing full of flowers rooted to Jesus!