The Flourishing Church
KEY VERSE | Psalm 92:13
“Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
When we plant ourselves in good soil, our hearts can bear good fruit no matter what season of life we find ourselves in. When I think of good fruit, I think of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
When I think of good soil I think of a relationship with Jesus, a good local church, and getting involved in a community. Part of planting yourself in good soil is listening to the Holy Spirit guide you into what those “good” things are for you in your season of life.
In 2014, I found myself walking through a divorce. Many of those “good” fruits were challenged because of what was in front of me. I had to choose what kind of soil I was going to plant myself in.
I wanted all of the good fruits but didn’t start to see them immediately. When I made conscious choices to plant myself in the good soil of a relationship with Jesus, church, and community, those fruits I desired to be evident in me started oozing out of me effortlessly.
When we decide to stay close to the One who chose us first, bearing good fruit isn’t a result of our own work or toil, but a supernatural work inside of us to do more than we could on our own. My heart has been and continues to be a place of healing and restoration not because of work I’ve done in my own strength, but because of the miracle of Jesus at work in and through me.
The fruit that comes from your life is irrespective of the season you’re facing. It may be a challenging, heart-aching one or one of ease and joy, but the branches of your life will be full of good fruit for you and those around you when you make a choice to stay in good soil.
RESPONSE | Are you currently planted in a local church? Ask God where He wants you to invest your time and gifts.