We are all called to cultivate. We are all called to this process, and are all called to undertake it in our daily lives, in every facet. Wherever or however we may be called, it is our role to prepare. That is, to prepare the grounds and fields of the hearts of the people that God sends on our everyday paths for an encounter with Him: to tear up the old, and let Him make way with the new.
After all, it is only Him who can and does make anew.
CULTIVATION IS A LIFESTYLE. CULTIVATION IS A PROCESS.
It is something that isn’t always easy. It is more times than not an extremely difficult process: there’s rock in the ground; there are weeds that need to be pulled up; there’s stone that has been sitting cold and complacent for a very long time.
However or wherever we are called to cultivate, we must understand one thing from the very onset: apart from Him, we are nothing.
APART FROM HIM, WE ARE NOTHING.
John 15:4-5 reads this:
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
If we are to cultivate the hearts of the people that God has placed and is placing in our lives, we have to be apart of the Vine.
WE HAVE TO ABIDE IN HIM.
A quick word-study of this word abide leads us to understand it as meaning to be “held in” and “kept in”, continually. Key word, continually. The implication of Jesus’ call, here, cannot go understated. He is calling us to be held in Him, to be kept in Him; and to be these things in Him continually, constantly: an all out consumption.
Why are we called to abide in Him, and what does this have to do with the call to cultivate? Jesus says that we cannot bear fruit by ourselves. In other words, we are nothing on our own, and we cannot do anything on our own. Remember, He also says that He abides in us when we abide in Him. Thus, it is He working through us, accomplishing His purposes. We are merely the tools that are being used. What a beautiful picture: when we abide in Him, He abides in us. Cultivation is a direct consequence of fruit bearing for the follower of Jesus. We cannot cultivate if we are not bearing fruit. Likewise, if we are bearing fruit, we are in prime position and place
TO BE USED BY HIM.
And after all, that is our role.
To cultivate, we must abide.