As a gardener I am often called to take a plant from one location and move it to another. The task of transplanting is a necessary and painstaking ritual for the husbandman who wants to bring about a rich harvest.
Simply put transplanting means taking a plant rooted in one place and causing it to take root in another. The danger of course is that in the process of transplanting the gardener runs the risk of harming the exposed root and losing his fruit or perhaps even the entire plant.
Paul paints us a picture of the Christian being transplanted and what the soil of our new life should produce in Ephesians Chapter 4.
“throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. Ephesians 4:22-25NLT
Paul says throwing off our old way of life means to stop being a deceiver. Now we made the point yesterday that throwing off the old self or transplanting the roots of our lives starts with attitude and then leads to action. A problem with lying is rooted in a problem with fear. When we lie what we actually communicate is that we are afraid, if we tell the truth we will be hurt. The truth is, of course, sometimes we will be. But that doesn’t excuse lying. What God requires is that we address the world out of perfect love. As the Word says: ” There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:18 KJV
I saw an episode of “Bones” the other night. The characters were involved in a group that espoused “radical honesty”which is, “a tell the truth no matter what it does to the other person” policy. throughout the episode, people cavorted across the screen insulting and denigrating others in the name of “truth”. This is not what Paul was talking about.
The Christian who seeks to come out of the soil of falsehood needs to be transplanted first in the soil of love not the soil of confession. If a Christian struggles with lying his first step is not to become a radical confessor but a radical lover of God and man. When love is established trust will bloom, fear will wither and lying will stop. Confession in this atmosphere becomes safe, wholesome and redeeming.
If we are going to stand through the upcoming storms we must be transplanted in truth surrounded by the soil of love. Then we will bring forth a great harvest!
Ask Jesus to transplant you in the soil of perfect love.
This is such a powerful series, Pastor J. Thank you! I can see this so plainly. With our roots in love and truth, we have a love of the truth. We love Truth . . .We love Him. We feel safe.
God bless you as you continue to bring us His truth that changes us!
Thanks Deb! What a powerful thought that is “With our roots in love and truth, we have a love of the truth. We love Truth . . .We love Him. ” I am learning to love the truth; But feeling safe is not a thing I come to naturally; Maybe none of us do. I have learned that experiencing the perfect love that casts out fear is a deliverance experience. May we know it more and more!
Thank you, Pastor J
What Deb said.
What’s the point of standing if we’re not on Solid Ground?
A-men. We so need the Rock which will not move! Know that you are blessed an highly favored!
>> “A problem with lying is rooted in a problem with fear. When we lie what we actually communicate is that we are afraid, if we tell the truth we will be hurt”
I agree and I would also add that that fear is rooted in pride.
I believe that all sins find their root in pride – the original sin.
As you say, we need to be transplanted OUT of one and into the other.
God transplanted us OUT of the kingdom of darkness INTO the kingdom of His Son. Colossians 1:13
“It is no longer I that liveth, but Christ that liveth in me”
A-men Angela. Watchman Nee would say that “God has done the transplanting and now the Christian’s job is to reckon himself transplanted!”
Thanks, Pastor J, this is a powerful message. I pray that my roots become stronger and deeper in His perfect love everyday so that I may stand my ground in the storms to come.
And indeed they shall Deb. Your testimony is powerful. Christ has done a marvelous work in your life!
How important what we are rooted in. When we are abiding in the rich soil of the Word and the communion of the Holy Spirit … the fruit will follow. It may take time, but it will come.
Indeed it will! 🙂 God is faithful to change us as we are faithful to stay in his presence. ! 🙂
After the Lord has transplanted us out of darkness, may we strive to be rooted and grounded in the newness of life which we have been planted in, by “faithfully staying in His presence.”
Oh that presence is so powerful Paulette! By abiding in Him and allowing His words to abide in us we may find peace and joy in a world full of trouble! Thanks for sharing 🙂