But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father has not planted, shall be rooted up.
Further, how many there are of our wild wood plants that even bring forth fruit. The schoolboy in the country can tell us that the wood is an orchard, and that often he has had many a luscious meal from those wild fruits that grew there. Yet, mark you, though the birds may come and satisfy their hunger from those wild fruits, and though the seeds may be in the winter the sparrow's garner, and the linnet's storehouse, yet they are not planted, and they do not come under the description of the text — plants that have been planted. So, too, there may be some of you who really do some good in the world. Without you a mother's wants might not be provided for; from your table many of the poor are fed. Oh! this is good, this is good; I would that all of you did more of it, but I pray you remember that this is not enough; there must be God's planting in you, or else the fruits you bring forth will be selfish fruits. You will be like Israel who was denounced as being an empty vine, because, forsooth, he brought forth fruit unto himself. Charity is good. Noble charity, be thou honoured among men! But there must be faith, and if we have no faith in Christ, though we give our bodies to be burned, and bestow our goods to feed the poor, yet where Christ is, we certainly can never come.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.