Fresh Hope – 24th July 2018

Neither myself or my wife are expert gardeners when it comes to the naming of plants and shrubs, but we do know what looks right and where it looks right. Anything more than that then we just read the tag inserted in the plant pot.

Knowing where something will thrive is to us more important than knowing the fancy Latin name. In fact you could know all the names and still have a lousy garden.

On our back patio, Gillian has become quite a dab hand at filling three large square planters with white polyanthus (I think that’s what they are called).

She planted them out some weeks back. Each one had the equal number of plants and each one had the very same plants from the same place, however one of the planters looks lame compared to the other two. It has grown to only about half the size of the other two.

Having watched them develop during this long summer spell, it’s pretty simple to see what is happening. The two that are in full bloom are facing the afternoon sun, whilst the other one is less than a metre away and is obviously not in the right environment.

In life, how can two people live in the same town for the same length of time and yet one is floundering whilst the other is flourishing? The answer is environment. Being in the correct environment is not just a good idea, it’s a necessity in order to grow to your full potential.

The Church family today is alive and thriving like never before and is the perfect example of a growth environment. You get fed, watered, inspired and it is a greenhouse to enable you to flourish in life. Of course, you can choose to opt out of the Church and decide to do life alone or life down the pub or life in the house and never ever expose yourself to the right environment.

We may all look the same as we start out in life, in that we live in the same area and we are all human beings, however it doesn’t take too long before you start to recognise those who are blessed and those who are not. Is it that God randomly blesses some whilst withholding His blessing from others? Of course not. It’s to do with where you choose to plant yourself.

Remember: God is the master gardener; He not only knows your name, He know where you need to be planted in order to thrive and flourish.

Don’t keep uprooting yourself from the soil of the Church just because you found imperfect people there, look beyond that and make a decision to be well and truly panted in the ‘greenhouse’ of God.

Psalm 92:13 ‘…planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish…’

Pastor Mark

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