Shep Johnson
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Recently Archie and Rosemary Brown put some beautiful sunflowers in the sanctuary for the Sunday morning worship service.  Sunflowers are very interesting plants.  They exhibit a trait called heliotropism.  When the sunflower is in the budding stage each bud follows the daily path of the sun all the way across the sky.  Furthermore, when the sunflower matures and opens, the face of that flower steadily looks to the east.  Finally, when you examine a sunflower you cannot help but notice that it appears to bear the very image of the sun.

As I looked at those sunflowers I couldn’t help but think they were offering testimony to the glory of Christ.  And here’s why;

1) As the sunflower buds grow and develop they follow the sun wherever it goes.  In a similar fashion we as Christians are to follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God, wherever He leads.  Jesus said in John 10:27-28 (NASB95), “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”  The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:21 (NASB95),  “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,”

2) When sunflowers mature, they constantly face east, to greet the rising sun.  It is also interesting to note that mature believers are always to look forward to the return of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who will come back to earth to rapture all believers and judge all unbelievers.  As Jesus Himself prophesied, He will return by appearing in the eastern sky.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:27; 30-31 (NASB95),  “‘For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.’”

“‘ ... And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.  And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.’”

3) Finally, beautiful sunflowers look like the sun and reflect the glory of the sun.  The Bible says as Christians we are to be conformed to the image of the Son of God and are to reflect His glory in all that we say, do, and think.

Romans 8:29 (NASB95) tells us, “For those whom [God] foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son ...”

May every member of First Baptist Church seek to be a “SONFLOWER;” following Christ, watching for His return, and bearing His image in all that we do.

Bro. Shep