Taking care of the Plant
Ephesians 3:14-19 (New Living Translation)
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,[a] 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[b] 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
God's garden doesn't only consist of people we share the gospel with. It also consists of those who have already become plants. They already have roots.
Some plants get transplanted. You go to a nursery, pick out a plant and take it home to plant. That isn't necessarily how it works in the Christian world. TGhe "plants" usually seek out the different churches. Sometimes it is because their job requires them to move every few years, sometimes it is because they are searching for a congregation that meets the needs of their family.
When you bring that plant home from the nursery. You can't just carelessly drop it into a hole and expect it to thrive. You have to learn whether the plant needs full sun, part sun, or full shade. All plants have different needs. Same with watering. Some plants need to be watered daily, some need to be watered occasionally, and some thrive better when not watered much at all.
My point is that not all christians need the same things to grow and thrive. Some need to be encouraged daily, some just occasionally need to be encouraged, and some grow better if they are only encouraged when you can see them withering away.
Ephesians 4:29 (New International Version)
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
People don't come with care tags that let us know how to care for them. That means we must know eachother to know what each individual person needs.