If you want to grow, then you need to get planted in God’s house. It’s that simple. Psalm 92:13 says ‘planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.’
The idea of being ‘planted’ is an incredibly powerful metaphor which conveys the importance of being rooted in the terra firma of local church. Just as a seed will only yield fruit after it has been sown into the ground, so a Christian can only flourish when they are embedded into the soil of God’s house.
Unfortunately, many Christians completely miss this principle and then wonder why their lives are so fruitless and unfulfilled. You see, it’s not about being ‘seated’ in God’s house. Nor is it about turning up every now and then for a visit. Being ‘planted’ is gritty and earthy. Lets face it, soil is not sexy. Being deeply rooted in church community can be challenging at times, especially for our impatience and ego. But it means not uprooting when something in the muck offends you. It means staying faithfully planted when other seeds seem to be growing more quickly than you. It means developing strong & healthy roots which protect you from the weeds of negativity and unbelief, both of which are committed to killing your potential. Being planted in God’s house is far, far more important than so many Christians ever realise.
When a seed is planted in the ground, the growth that takes place is largely unseen at first as it’s all happening within the soil. Yet this is deeply important as the roots which are being established there ensure health, well being and longevity.
During the past four years of pioneering church, I have seen this principle apply to so many people who have got stuck into the life of the Junction Church. They come in, serve, learn, develop friendships and quietly grow. Then over a period of months and years, the fruit of their faithfulness shows and they flourish. I recently chatted to one such person whose personal growth over the past two years has been truly mesmerising. It’s an absolute delight to watch it.
In the new season that’s ahead, determine in your heart that you are going to be firmly planted in God’s house, no-matter what. With a servant heart and a teachable spirit, have the courage to allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in your life that will cause you to grow & flourish. There might be a few challenges on the way – but it’s totally worth it.