FEBRUARY 6 – PLANTED NOT POTTED
1 Chronicles 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more as at the beginning,
God has a promise for David. God begins by reminding David that he was taken from among the sheep as a shepherd and that he could lead Israel. God has taken a humble shepherd and make him a great and powerful man. This man would wield great influence, not only over Israel but also over neighboring nations as well. Very significant is the promise to ordain a place for Israel. Then we have that promise to plant them. Notice the permanence here. They won’t be potted so they can be moved here and there. They will be planted so that they can send down roots and gain nourishment.
Another thing that is interesting to me is the thought my wife gave me when I said I was going to make her some planters to put in front of the house. Here was her reply, “If you do, you will be the one to go out there every day to water them.” Now that was said in no uncertain terms. As I thought, I came to realize what she was saying. Potted plants have a limited place to grow. Therefore the roots cannot grow deep enough to supply water and therefore the need for continual maintenance. We have church members that are high maintenance because they are potted instead of planted. We also have preachers in the same condition.
I prefer to be planted. I want my roots to go so deep that nothing can shake me. I want to be so watered in God’s Word that my roots will spread and I never let go of any part of The Word. I do not want to minimize anything of what Jesus had done. I want to be strong in every aspect of what Jesus taught. His death, burial, and resurrection I always want to hold securely and high for the world to see. I also do not want to minimize anything about the Church. Jesus built the church the way he wanted it. He put the offices in the Church that He wanted there. He put two ordinances there also. I have no right to change it.
Mark 14:24 Jesus said, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. I do not think that those that would read this post would remove the death of Jesus from the gospel. I also do not believe anyone would want to remove His burial and resurrection from the Gospel. I believe the reason would be that Jesus shed His blood and therefore the gospel is precious. Consider this – Acts 20:28 instructs us that the Church Jesus built was purchased with his own blood. Jesus died for His Church. Bride or not, the blood– bought Church is precious to Jesus and we have no right to change or minimize anything about it.
May we become planted and drive our roots deep.