“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
From the very beginning we learn the only expectation God had for Adam was to till and keep the Garden. Adam would need to soften the hard soil, remove the rocks and dig out the stumps. Adam’s connection with the Creator and the Creation would be to spend time preparing for growth and new life. The seed that would produce flowers for nectar, trees that would bear fruit, and greenery that would provide shade and refuge would come from God. However, Adam played a very important role in the garden alongside the Creator. Not only was Adam to till and prepare the soil he was to guard and keep the garden. Adam would need to invest daily to weeding, watering, and clearing the garden from weeds that would choke and destroy growth. Adam was to till and keep it. CULTIVATE!
Jesus explains further about what it means to CULTIVATE for the Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 13. As I read through that passage of scripture this morning I was reminded of the daily tilling and keeping in our walk with God. The garden of our soul. The tilling of anything that would prevent growth and new life in Christ. The rooting out of sin and insecurities. The tilling of deceit and hurt. Pulling the weeds of anger and hate. Preparing our soul for maximum growth! Keeping our soul free for Kingdom work.
It has been an overwhelming year for me personally and as I reflect on the last six months I am reminded of what it means to CULTIVATE our soul. The last few weeks people, that were complete strangers upon our meeting, came into my path to share their stories and the call on their lives to help others. These people have a deep-seeded passion to help others because of their personal experiences in the storms of great suffering and loss. They can personally reflect on the providential care of the Lord in the midst of their pain and they are bursting to share with others that are struggling to breathe. You see a beautiful Kingdom-vision ministry and community is being birthed out of extreme brokenness and pain. The soil that has been tilled and kept is preparing for growth and new life.
How is it with your soul?
What tilling needs to happen today to prepare your heart, mind, strength and soul for maximum growth in Christ?
How can you manage your time and guard your spirit with people and things that will CULTIVATE new life and bear fruit that honors and glorifies Christ alive and well in your soul?
How does your garden grow?
“Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.” Hebrews 6:7