Entry #015 Praying to be Planted in lieu of being Buried
Burial is a ritual that involves placing the dead in the ground, and covering them with the dust of the earth. It is an indication that the loved one whom has passed will never be seen in that bodily form on earth again. The process of planting is very similar to being buried. To plant a seed, we must also hollow out the earth, and cover the seed with the dirt. The main difference between being buried and being planted is the expectation. We expect a planted seed to take root, grow, mature, become something bigger, and be fruitful and to multiply after a period of time. Jesus was crucified and buried in a borrowed tomb, because He intended to rise again in three days. Thus, He turned the expectation of burial on its head. His burial was necessary to do battle with the powers of darkness, and to stripe Satan of all the power and authority he stole from mankind. Jesus’s resurrection is indicative of the completed work of the sacrifice He made and the freedom He regained for us. Therefore we no longer have to be buried by the bondage of sin and shame. When we become believers, we are resurrected with the life and power of Jesus Christ. We are crucified with Christ; nevertheless we live because He lives inside of us. In order to continue to learn and grow we should be planted at a true local church and in the word of God. To become a mature believer, we must develop a prayer life, and take time regularity to study God’s Word. Living in a fast paced society, it is easy to be buried by responsibilities, ambitions, concerns and issues. But if we are rooted and grounded in our purpose, destiny and in the promises of God, we will blossom like the tree planted by the rivers of water bringing forth much seasonal fruit. Being planted is not always a pleasant experience; sometimes it feels like being buried. But if we trust God’s plan and stay in faith, we will reap the harvest of fruitfulness. We don’t want to be planted in an unfruitful environment, however. When the surroundings are unnecessarily difficult or hostile, we may not need to dig our heels in to stay there. Sometimes God has to dig us up and replant us somewhere else. We need to ask God to lead us to a place where we can be most productive. Other times He may give us the grace to stay planted in a barren place for a season to demonstrate His power and glory.Either way, we cannot go wrong when we following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus rose from the dead so that we don’t have to be buried. He wants to plant us in fertile soil so that we can grow and become more and more like Him.