There is a saying “bloom where you are planted.” The definition of the verb “plant” is, “To intentionally establish in a healthy environment so that growth can occur and life is reproduced.”
Just like a tree that has been planted, the longer it remains in place, the more developed the root system becomes. The better the root system, the stronger the tree and the more fruit it can produce.
Psalm 92:13 “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
A local church isn’t just a place you decide to go; it’s a place God plants you. When you are planted, you are firmly established, committed, and loyal. The same is true of any commitment – marriage, friendships, family, business, community service, and the like.
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3
How often do you see a tree uproot itself and move from one location to another location? What would the health of that tree be like? The root system would be severely damaged. So it is with Christians that have a history of going from church to church. Even for those with a traveling ministry, it is important to have a home church to base out of.
When someone decides not to commit (it is a decision), he or she struggles with being rooted or grounded with a home church, submitting to church authority, and sticking around to find solutions to problems with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
There can be several reasons for someone’s unfaithfulness. It is often the sinful condition of the human nature that leans towards self-sufficiency and pride. A religious spirit is often connected with the desire to be in control instead of submitted.
Other reasons include a fear of being hurt, failing, or being exposed. It could also be withdrawal due to feelings of guilt or shame. It could be a dysfunctional trigger to distance or leave due to damage from the past. It could be because someone has taken up an offense or feels restless. Some find themselves bound in addictive behavior that controls them.
No person is perfect, no church is perfect, no leader is perfect, and you are not perfect. The Bible is filled with scriptures on faithfulness, endurance, and patience. The Word repeatedly mentions loyalty, honor, and integrity. These are principles that apply to all areas of our lives, including our commitment to a church home.
Unfaithfulness is opposite of the character of God.
Unfaithfulness is starting something, but not following through.
Unfaithfulness is holding back, not surrendering the whole heart.
Unfaithfulness is quitting, betraying, abandoning.
God doesn’t leave you.
God doesn’t reject you based on your faults, mistakes or wrong decisions.
God doesn’t change His mind about you.
God doesn’t quit on you or leave you for another.
God is faithful because God is complete in Himself. He is whole. God is also faithful because God is love. God wants to work those things in us.
A committed, planted believer will cherish the leading of the Lord, the love of a church family, and the care of a pastor. If a person is led to leave their home church, he or she will focus on the good of the people they are leaving behind, rather than on themselves. They will leave in a way where they don’t influence others to leave or invite them away from their home church. They don’t start a new church of their own in the same community and take away from the church family they were once a part of. Also, they know the value of a church home, so they don’t stay out of church all together.
Ezekiel 17:8 “It was planted in good soil by many waters to bring forth branches, bear fruit…”
Jeremiah 17:8 “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
So be humble. Let God heal and make whole, and be planted in a home church. Get into covenant relationships. Weather a few storms. Ride out a few decisions. Be led by the Holy Spirit and be faithful to the house God has planted you in. Then you will flourish – you will be healthy through teaching, strong through some challenges, upright with some correction, and you will bear fruit – in other words, you will see the results of maturity, humility, and growth in favor, in anointing, and in the development of gifting. Stay on the wheel, and let the Potter reveal the design for you that He has in mind.
 II Samuel 7:10; Numbers 24:5-7; Psalm 80:15; Ezekiel 17:5; Ezekiel 36:36; I Corinthians 3:6