Song of Solomon 2:2 says, “As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.” As young women and ladies that have styled our souls we should stand out from the world just like a lily would among thorns.
I’ve spent the last few months working on creating a place for us to not only stand apart from the world but also reach out and help those thorns become lilies.
In Mark 16:15 Jesus gives the apostles the great commission and it’s the same mission we have as Christians today. Mark 16:15 says, “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Too often I hear young women asking what they can do in and for the kingdom. Some love to lament that they cannot do those things God planned for men and so they sometimes do nothing. But there is much we can do.
When researching lilies and their meaning in the Bible I found this, “Groser, however (Scrip. Nat. Hist.), strongly argues that the word, both in the Old and New Testaments, denotes liliaceous plants in general, or if one genus is to be selected, that it must be the genus Iris, which is “large, vigorous, elegant in form, and gorgeous in coloring.”
Whether or not it’s actually an iris who can say but I love the description given, large, vigorous, elegant in form and gorgeous in coloring. We are not alone in our spiritual walk and despite surveys and estimates, large in number.
We can be vigorous for the Lord in our evangelistic efforts and service to the community. Elegance like anything else is learned and practiced and despite the world’s best efforts to promote sexy; we know that cultivating a gentle and quiet spirit is true beauty.
You’re belief and obedience to Christ already makes you stand apart from the world and makes you a lily. Someone watered you and allowed you to spring up, whole and happy in Christ. Let us join forces and go out and make lilies of the thorns around us who have been tricked by the world’s false allure.
Are you with me?
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