An ugly brier was growing in a ditch. A noted gardener carefully dug around the ugly weed, lifted it out of the ground and took it home. To his neighbours’ surprise he planted it with his champion roses and many thought he had gone mad. He carefully tended the brier, just as he did his prize roses.
Some time later he took a sharp knife, made slits in the brier and budded it. When summer came, the brier was a mass of the most beautiful roses, and the centre of attraction in the magnificent rose garden.
The gardener explained that its beauty was not the result of what came OUT of the brier, but what he had put INTO the brier.
Christians will testify to the fact that God took the useless brier of our old nature and grafted in His own perfect life, with the result that we bring forth the flowers of His grace.
The point is about what we are showing to those with whom we come in contact.
Do they see the brier of the old life, or is the beauty of the Lord to be seen in us?
Does our “Light” so shine that they see the Lord Jesus and the difference He makes?
How true are the words of Isaiah 61:3 “He gave me beauty for ashes” as they apply to my life and yours – as seen by others?
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me:
All His wonderful passion and purity.
O Thou, Saviour divine,
All my nature refine,
Til the beauty of Jesus be seen in me!