I can’t emphasize this enough. There are two aspects to truly following Christ:
It’s very much like roses on a trellis.
- Over time, the Bible builds structure in us, like a trellis, by showing us who God is and how He wants us to live. This is how wisdom and maturity grow.
- The Bible then informs the real and immediate experience of God. This is where life is. These are the roses
Roses thrive when they have structure, and it reveals their full beauty. Without flowers, the trellis is just wood. Without the trellis, the flowers are in the dirt, unable to grow properly.
Jesus talks about lifting fallen vines and branches and pruning them, just like roses on a trellis.