Bird of Paradise

This Bird of Paradise flower, formally known as strelitzia reginae, was named after Queen Charlotte in 1788. It is not hard to realise how it came by its vernacular name, nor its regal Latin. Native to South Africa, it can be grown in Great Britain, but as a house plant. It cannot tolerate frosts and craves much light.

I sometimes think the same of Christians. We may exist without the warmth of fellowship and the light of God’s word, but we shall never thrive without them. For a believer to prosper, he must keep Christian company while daily receiving instruction and admonishment from the Bible.

Are you prospering, or merely surviving? Which of the two do you lack?