In which we’re judged by our daisies…but…

by Craig on July 12, 2011

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I just finished writing the other post on Deep Into Love about fighting the negative voices in our heads. That. Was. Hard.

And now I’m here, and I get to write about works = daisies…

And this is easy…

Studying Scripture, for me, is really non-stressful…

anyway…

now …

all the daisies in the New Testament letters, after having already covered all of the daisies in the Gospels and Acts.

By the way, if all this biblical daisy talk is new to you – this post explains everything. You kinda need it, or the subject of biblical daisies will be all gibberish-y. But if you do read it – you’ll heart the daisies!

We have two daisy verses  today…

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but first, the bigger context of the verses:

Paul is writing a letter to the church at Rome. He planned on visiting them. This letter was kind of a sum up of his doctrine, so that when he got there his words would precede him.

Then the smaller context…

Paul just finished writing about salvation by means of faith,
and judgment upon those who don’t believe.

He’s about to write of law of Moses and how that fits into God’s judgment.

But our daisy verses fall in the part written about the judgment of those who are counted among the church (us).

Then the immediate context…

he is warning the church at Rome about being all judgy…

judgy-ness, unless you’re God, is a black daisy – and one of the things upon which we will be judged.

By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. (Rom 2:5-8)

And what color daisies are these two?

The first mention includes all of the daisy colors, white, yellow, green, black, and for some, purple.

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The second instance is all white…

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The verses are kind of heavy all by themselves – the good news comes from the greater context:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live. (ROM 1:16,17)

The life of faith leans toward white-ish daisies,
the life of non-faith leans toward black-ish ones,
black daisies without faith lead definitely to wrath,

oh, and faith does something to our daisies.

So, if I persevere in seeking after white daisies my “reward” is eternal life. Paul doesn’t say I have to be a perfect white daisy doer – but that I “persevere” in doing them – because when you think about it, perseverance is only needed in the face of opposition, discouragement … and … failure.

An imperfect but faithful quest for perfection – and Grace for the quest.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Shanda Oakley July 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Craig, the message was wonderful but the photos you chose to go with it were such a perfect illustration of faith.

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Craig July 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

thank you Shanda, sometimes I take as long looking for the right pictures as I do writing the post (◠‿◠), I heart pictures! Thank you for saying such a nice thing about both my words and my pictures. God bless you and keep you!

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Debbie July 13, 2011 at 3:13 am

Thank you Craig, for persevering through the daisy search! You have helped me with the imperfect part of my quest, that it is covered by His perfect grace. God bless you and give you strength for your day!

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Craig July 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Deb – it’s Bible study – it’s not persevering – it’s an even more joyful frolic through Scripture than I thought it would be. I just hope I’m not boring people. I’m really committed to getting through all of the daisies. Then returning to James. I’m glad that both you and I are on the same quest (◠‿◠) – and with the same grace. God bless you Debbie.

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A. August 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

so grateful for those last three words….grace for the quest. like a life preserver for one who sinks, rises, sinks more, rises, nose barely above water, trusting, praying. thank you, craig.

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Liz Picard March 16, 2016 at 11:49 pm

I love white daisies! That’s my screen name. Enjoyed reading it and not boring at all.

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