Psalm 92:12-15 NLT
“But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit: they will remain vital and green.”
A person has to be planted to flourish – no planting, no flourishing. Scripture, experience, church life all teach us that being a part, an active part, of a church is vital for ongoing fruitfulness and salvation. Yes! Our salvation hangs on the connections we maintain in church life.
Trees with no fixed roots are in trouble, and so a disconnected believer is an anomaly. Imagine an arm walking from a body – of course you can’t, and it seems folly to suggest it, but that is the picture of a believer without connections to a body that both nurtures and gives a context for living the life of Christ. That is, if the NT picture Paul presents, as a master builder, of the church means what it implies.
I have been hearing a consistent theme from many pastors of churches, big and small, lively and otherwise. Their people are attending, with increasing regularity, only once a month. In simple terms, and exceptions aside (we all like to quote exceptions to make a case for our own excuses), a person who is casually attending isn’t any longer treating their faith or the scriptures with any seriousness what so ever. God no longer means much more than sentimental acknowledgement. If something is important we make time for it, otherwise we don’t.
And one of the dangerous corollaries of us not attending much is that we are teaching our children to not attend at all. I spoke to a pastor this week and he said one family, a good family, had decided to let their children make their own minds up re church attendance. Do the parents maintain the same stance when it comes to them going to school and maybe using drugs or having sexual experiences. I doubt it. Strongly!
Planting in the Lord’s house has wonderful promises – a life of fruitfulness, strength of character and flourishing in all you do. If we stay the course in church life the course will be stayed in us.
Your church needs you. Stay vital and green by being planted.