“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green..”
Psalm 92:12-14 (NIV)
If you have spoken to any man that has been married longer than thirty minutes, you would know that a great marriage is never built on attendance, but on commitment. There is no greater way to state your commitment then through membership in our local church. Membership unifies the body under one vision and provides clear parameters for the local family of God to live and grow. Membership is a clear statement that a person is planted.
If we do not feel a sense of commitment to one another, as in a commitment through membership in a local church, then we will have no reason to resolve issues and submit to authority.
Here are some thoughts about being planted:
1. When you are planted, you know you are next to “streams of living water.”
“Streams of water” is translated from the Greek as the point where a stream of water flowing underground suddenly breaks through and flows out freely–a spring. This means that when we are planted in the house of God, we are like a springs breaking out from underground in dry places. We are connected to the source of life and are positioned to be a source of life to others!
2. When you are planted, you will grow.
When a plant has placed its roots into rich soil and life, it will naturally grow. Growth is always the bi-product of health. Those that are not connected to a church have to struggle to find growth because they are not positioned where God wants them to be positioned.
3. When you are planted, you will produce fruit.
The result of healthy growth is healthy fruit. When you are planted in your local church, you will produce fruit. Your tithe produces fruit, your time produces fruit, your ministry produces fruit- everything you do produces fruit! The bible says you will even yield fruit in old age.
The kingdom of God is never built on attendance, but on commitment. Let’s lead people to be fully planted in the house of God so they can flourish and bear great fruit!
Questions to Ponder:
- In your own words, why is being planted in a local church important?
- Can we do more committed to the same vision then separate? Why?
- What holds people back from being planted?