In which there is a daisy color guide

by Craig on June 15, 2011

“works” = daisies


I get, that for some, the word “works” conjures up only a negative image. But there are more than one kind of “works” – and most of them aren’t bad.

Still, there’s something about the word “works” that even I don’t like.

But because I need to understand exactly what James means when he writes, “Faith without works is dead” I have committed to a study of the cringe-worthy word “works”.

And “works” is always dependent upon the context for its meaning. So I’m looking at each time it’s used in the New Testament – and using context to define it. Then, after I’m through, I’ll have all the context I need to thoroughly and accurately define “works” as James used it.

In the Greek, the word for “works” is:


pronounced like “air gone” – emphasis on the first syllable.

But since the word “works” makes even me …


I’ve decided to use a metaphor…

works = daisies

Who doesn’t like daisies?

The Bible is the field from which I pick the daisies (works).


I expected there to be a couple of different kinds of “works” (daisies). But in the daisy field (New Testament) there have been a bunch of different daisies (works).


It was brought to my attention yesterday, by Dawn and Cora in the comment section, that a quick color guide to daisies (works) might be helpful. And I always pay attention to my comment section – always.


White daisies…


The best kind – good stuff we do. God hearts white daisies.

Yellow daisies…


“Works of the law of Moses” – not in and of themselves bad – but they bear the color yellow – because yellow means caution.

Black daisies…

“Evil works” – and thus the ominous color black.

Purple daisies…


Purple is the royal color in the Bible – purple daisies are “miraculous works” – all of these in the New Testament (daisy field) are done by our King – and so – purple.

Green daisies…


Green is neutral. I know – we think green means “go” – except a green light doesn’t mean “go”. It means take a look into an intersection – and then “go”, because a red light doesn’t always mean “stop” to some people. Know what I mean? So the green daisies can be anywhere from green mingled with white (a “work” that leans towards good) – to green tinged with black (a “work” that leans toward evil)

And there you have the daisies (works).

So far all of the daisies (works) have been from the New Testament (daisy field) book of Matthew.

The tally so far…

•    Two white daisies (good works)
•    Two green daisies (just things done)
•    a hint of yellow daisy (work of the law of Moses)

and up ahead,

the next daisy in the field (occurrence of “works” in the Bible),

is another green one…


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Dawn June 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Dear Craig,

I am commenting here because you posted right after me at Ann’s today. I always leave a comment on the blogs immediately before and after mine on Mondays and Fridays so I get to know the community. Well, there’s more to this comment than juxtaposition. You see, having the daisy confusion, I was going to skip Deep into Scripture today until I had time to go back in your archives and make my daisy map. I was also going to skip coming to your site when I saw it was you who posted right after me at Ann’s because you hear from me all the time, EXCEPT my commitment (the one about connecting with the one immediately before and after me at Ann’s) demanded I do. Sooooo, I come over here (the female muttly just shakes her head and rolls her eyes) and, wonder of wonders, there is my map and you don’t add anything more. You review all your daisyness and you mention that you’ve done it for me and my beloved friend, Cora, in the post. Had I not been obedient, I’d have missed the whole thing. This is just so other-worldly, don’t you think?

Bless you and thank you…very much,


Craig June 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I read that twice –and my head is still spinning a little bit :-) that is a big bunch of logic and stuff! And just in case all of that didn’t connect to bring you here today – I replied to your comment on Love and told you to come over here to read it because it was written per your instructions :-) God bless you Dawn.

PS and I knew about your commenting on the one before and the one after because I’ve read your comments to other people and how you explain it to them – I’m almost as smart as Laska the love kitty sometimes :-)


Dawn @ Dawnings June 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Your Daisy post makes me want to gather and spread them. Both daisies and works. You inspire.

Although, tulips are my favorite flower. Would this idea work just the same, but with a different happy flower?


Craig June 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I think it would work with any flower that had at least five different colors – but maybe more – by the time I’m done I might discover a couple of more daisies that I didn’t know about. It’s almost like now I translate the Greek “ἔργον” – as daisy – come to think of it I think – a tulip should be saved for another – deeper topic, because tulips are a deeper kind of flower – now you have me thinking of flowers and metaphors…

Dawn, thank you very much for reading, thank you for commenting, thank you for your kind words, and you can use whatever flower you’d like – although you really didn’t need my permission :-) God bless and keep you Dawn.


Debra June 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

True Craig, yellow does mean caution… except, some people think it means STEP ON IT!


Craig June 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Ahhhhh – a line from an old silly movie – “green means go – red means stop – yellow means go… Very fast”. Your statement is true – and sadly – the theology of your statement is also true. Some people really like their yellow daisies. And there’s nothing wrong with yellow daisies – I guess the really wrong thing is putting the faith in the yellow daisies – and not the yellow daisy Creator. As always Debra – your comment made me smile – and made me think. I heart that. Thank you. And God bless you Debra.


Amy June 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm

What a fabulous idea! I love the way you are looking at works, studying what the Bible says and making it make sense. Works is a cringe-worthy word for me, too, as it always seems to be a sticking point for theological discussions with my non-Christian friends. Because, in this land of the free and home of the brave, it’s hard to grasp the concept that grace and salvation are free, that you don’t have to work your brains out to earn them. BUT that once received they inspire even more work. As most things are in the grace-filled world of our Lord, this is contrary to the sin-filled world of Satan. Anyway, lots to think about here. Thanks for sharing! Smiles –


Craig June 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Amy, I get why it’s a cringe worthy word for you – with the nonbelievers. With me, I found it’s a kind of cringe worthy word among us believers. It’s either used to hammer people into submission – or if it’s ignored as unimportant. I’m running through all of the instances in the Bible – every instance of a daisy in the New Testament – so I can get a real good handle on this word – that was – at best – skimmed over in Seminary. Thank you Amy. And God bless you.


Cora June 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

This is just too great, Craig! I can’t believe I’ve already been sharing this whole daisy thing and there is nothing better than seeing that “ahah” moment and hearing, “I get it!” Who woulda thunk it??? I love object lessons that you just can’t miss and you remember forever. I think I will have to make room somewhere in my home for a vase full of daisies —- just in case I ever have to explain “works” to someone in the future. It’s perfect!


Craig June 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Cora, I heart this little metaphor that I’ve stumbled into. I’m glad you heart it to. Daisies are much, much easier to discuss then that cranky, cringe worthy word. And as I go through this, I’ve got a feeling that the number of white daisies and green daisies are going to far outnumber the yellow daisies. We’ll see…

God bless you Cora – and sorry this reply took so long.


Debbie June 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Thank you so much for our daisy guide! And thanks to Dawn and Cora for asking for it! :) I feel more competent about plunging on into the fields ahead now!
God bless you and the the work you do with Him!


Craig June 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Debbie – you already know I am catching up on comments. So, sorry :(

I might have to link back to this on every “daisy post” for a while. Thank you Debbie – and God bless you.


A. June 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

Yes, Craig, thank you for the guide. it helped me line up all my ducks or daisies properly so I could tell them apart readily. And I like Cora’s idea of keeping a vase full of them somewhere as an ongoing reminder.


A. June 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

And yes, thanks to Dawn and Cora for their help in this and for Dawn’s muttlies bearing with her.


Layla Payton June 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Craig, this analogy is truly amazing. I need to read more about this in your next post.


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