The Season of the Lily - Humility (Part I)
Main Course: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; cf. Acts 17:28; Philip. 2:13)".
During the time of Easter, the lily is symbolically celebrated for new life, the life of Christ and His resurrection power. It is a fragile, fragrant flower associated with the season, but its significance - humility - is often lost in the translation of the celebration.
Just like the earth hinges on its axis so did our salvation and redemption hinge upon the Lord's humility. Likewise in this season of the lily, our prosperity will hinge upon our humility, an axis for the power of God to move mightily in our lives to draw people unto Him.
Sometimes we really don't understand this crucial element that can either cause us to pass or fail the testing of our faith. The Israelites failed and were stuck in the wilderness for 40 years. If we want to get unstuck in this season, we must pass the test. How do we pass? By humility - knowing, understanding and admitting that without Him we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5) .... This is what Joseph realized too, and when God saw the condition of His heart, He was quickly promoted to the place where he belonged (Gen. 41:16, 37-46; cf. Is. 58:5-8). The highway of humility is to follow the way of the Lord, His path for our lives (Ps. 23:3). -- cont'd