Posts Tagged ‘cultivate’

No Looking Back

But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 NLT

People working with cattle and plough in Gorj ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cultivating Thought:

Worldly cares distract us from fully committing to God. Jesus knows the hearts of men and their excuses for not following Him (Luke 9:57-62). He used the example of plowing to illustrate the qualifications needed to be a kingdom disciple.

In Jesus’ time, the typical plow was pulled by oxen. If the person breaking the ground looked back while steering, it would inevitably turn the blade in the wrong direction, thus creating a crooked furrow. If the rows curved, they would waste space and be unable to plant to their advantage.

When we allow disturbances to take precedence over our duty to God, they hinder us from producing fruitful work. It is then that we find ourselves heading in an undesirable way of life (or even in circles). It takes focus and follow through to plot and plow when and where God assigns us. Jesus knew the urgency of preparation, because the harvest was near.

Prayer:

God of discipleship, thank You for Your example through Jesus. Please guide  me to better plot out the time You have given me. I now bury all excuses and cast my gaze before me, fully committing to glorify You, as You prepare my heart for harvest. In Jesus name, amen.

Advertisements

Preparing the Soil

Plowing with a John Deere tractor and a Kverne...

Plowing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’  Hosea 10:12 NLT

Cultivating Thought:

Plowing hard ground is crucial for casting out old roots and making the soil fertile for planting. Likewise, repentance softens the heart, causing it to draw in nutrients of God’s word.

When we choose to live within the parameters of God’s precepts,  He releases showers of blessing upon us, watering our offered seed. And as we allow the Holy Spirit to work the soil of our lives daily, He will turn over those unholy dirt clods and make our hearts pliable for producing godly fruit.

Prayer:

God of Preperation, please cultivate in me a plant-able heart. Break up the fallow ground of unrighteousness that keeps me from producing a healthy crop of right living. In Jesus name, amen.