Planted in the House of God
A Christian planted in the House of God is just as absolutely necessary as a tomato plant planted in good soil. Neither the Christian nor the tomato plant will survive without being planted. The order of God’s universe is established to make every part productive and healthy. Nowhere is that order more beautiful than in the spiritual kingdom of God. You do not need to scream at a tomato plant to get tomatoes, all you need to do is plant it in rich soil and water it properly. Even so is the child of God. Any person reading this article, once they are “born again” by the Blood, can carefully surrender to be planted in the House of God and become a “watered garden” for the Lord.
God’s Word is so powerful to teach us this great truth. David wrote by the Holy God, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” (Psalms 92:12-14).
Apostle Paul writing about the Day of Pentecost said, “And the Lord added (planted) to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47) Being saved without being planted is no different than having a miscarriage. The House of God is the dwelling place of the righteous. When our roots are deeply established in the Words of God and the feeder roots are seeking the life of the Spirit and the Word, our soul will quickly grow into maturity and usefulness. Such a planted soul, “shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalms 92:13).
Old age will be glorious for these happy saints. They do not retire to a rocking chair but bring forth fruit right on with their gray heads. “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” (Psalms 92:14) Our society is full of dysfunctional old people living like broken and sad saints. It’s ridiculous to watch such misery. Saints planted in the House of God will never be fruitless or barren but productive and blessed.
If there is no House of God where you can be planted, then turn a room of your house into a church, place a makeshift altar in the center, hang an empty cross on the wall, and plant yourself in the Word. Keep every Lord’s Day holy and spend much time in prayer. Jesus said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer.” (Matthew 21:13) Soon the Spirit will inhabit His church and God will do His work. Invite some saint you meet to join you and before long a church will begin to grow. Wait on God patiently. He and His Word cannot fail. Remember, it was prophesied of Jesus Christ, “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” (John 2:17, Psalms 69:9)