Be Planted And Flourish

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Psalm 92:13 & 14 NKJV
13 Those who are planted in the House of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing…

In this day and age, the word ‘commitment’ has become almost a taboo. Most people, in all things be it work, relationship or even spiritual matters, like to keep their options open and to guard their independence. To commit to something or someone has become less and less popular in the society. ‘No strings attached’ is way preferred over ‘commitment’.

Yet, everything that Christ calls for His followers to do opposes what the trend of today dictates. Christ calls for us to abide in Him like a branch that is attached to a vine. Christ calls for us to be planted in the House of God like a tree firmly rooted in the soil.

When we look around, we see many Christians preferring to graze through various churches without being rooted to one, perhaps wishing to find their dream, perfect church. Some Christians may be facing a season of not liking how certain things are in their church, and decide to abandon their commitment to the church and leave.

Yet, God tells us in His Word that those who are planted in the House of God shall be fruitful and flourishing, right up to old age. We all love to be blossoming and bearing fruits but how many of us are truly committed to the call to be planted in God’s House, the Church?

The Word of God tells us in Ephesians 1:22 MSG
He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.

This ought to be great wisdom and insight to all disciples of Christ – that the Church is not peripheral to the world. The Church is not a mere organization bordering at the sideline of the world, trying feebly to enter the world. No! The world is peripheral to the Church. This means that the Church is the center of everything, with Jesus as the Head. The Church is central in God’s plan to bring His Gospel and salvation to all humanity. The Church is called to be salt and light of the world, for the world to see the nature and character of God, and to experience His love and goodness.

To be planted in the Church is to have an intimate relationship with the Church, to stand with the Church, to be united with the Church to love and build up one another and to advance the Kingdom of God. Only with such commitment and intimacy are we able to bear fruits the way God has purposed us to. It is with our lives planted in the Body of Christ that Christ our Head is able to use us to birth dreams, make and raise disciples, start new ministries and win nations for Him. It is when we are planted in the Church that we are making an impact in this generation and building a legacy for the generations to come. If we are flitting from one Church to another, it is not possible for any fruitful and lasting growth to take place.

As disciples of Christ, are we living like the Church is the center of the world, where we are always reaching out and extending the Gospel of Christ Jesus to the world? Or has the world taken over the center stage of our lives?

Ephesians 1:23 MSG
The church is Christ’s body, in which He speaks and acts, and by which He fills everything with His presence.

Christ is at work in the world, not through some mystic force, but through the lives of Christians, who are the Church, His Body. Christ “speaks and acts” through His Church. How can He if His Church remains silent about the Gospel and His Body refuses to do His works? It is by the Church that Christ’s presence and glory fill everything and everyone. How can He if you and I who are His Body do not radiate His love and emanate His light?

The Church is the bride of Jesus Christ. We are married to Him. It is a lasting commitment and covenant. The Church is what Jesus is coming back for. Let us do well in being planted in the Church and in building the Church, for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray.

“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have called the Church to be center of the world. Teach all of us who are part of the Body of Christ to be fully surrendered to the Headship of Christ so that we reflect who He is to the world. Help us, Father, to not merely be visitors and consumers in the House of God but be living stones planted in it, always growing, serving and bearing fruits for Your Kingdom. I lift up my life to You and commit to be a disciple of Christ with roots anchored deep in the Body of Christ, standing as one with my church to win nations for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

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