Thriller, Filler, Spiller

A few years ago, I attended a Bible study entitled In His Garden. Using lessons about seeds, vines, roots, and pruning, the teachers paralleled aspects of gardening with growing into maturity as followers of Jesus.  In addition to studying God’s Word, each week also included a “how-to” demonstration by a Master Gardener showing us something simple we could try at home. The most memorable presentation taught us how to create a large potted plant. To do this, you needed three components – a thriller, a filler and a spiller.

The thriller was tall, rising above the rest of the plants in order to catch the eye of the observer. The filler covered the large middle area with beauty and color while the spiller would quickly multiply, trailing over the sides of the container.

Our Christian life could be considered in a similar manner. While our lives do not have to be thrilling, something in us should attract others to Christ. As for our filler component, Ephesians 5:18 instructs us, “Be filled with the Spirit,”  and Psalm 1:2-3 tells us we are to fill our minds by meditating on his word. “Blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he mediates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season.”


Finally, when we love Jesus  with all our hearts, our love for Him will multiply and spill over into the lives of those around us.  So, my prayer for you today is from Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”





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