It may not come as a surprise, but in order to properly cultivate, we must have the right heart. What kind of heart? A heart of humility, a heart that recognizes that we are not the power that is actually cultivating. God is the One who cultivates us.
WHO AM I?
In 1 Chronicles 29, David is preparing and gathering, for Solomon, the materials that will be used in the constructing of the Lord’s Temple. After David gave all he owned, his gems, gold and lumber, he encouraged the Israelites to do the same. The Israelites gave willingly, and contributed a lot of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and gems. After collecting all the treasures that the Israelites donated, David praised God.
“But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to contribute this much? Indeed, everything comes from you, and we have simply given back to you what is yours. For we are resident foreigners and nomads in your presence, like all of our ancestors; our days are like a shadow on the earth, without security.”
In this passage (verses 14 and 15), David shows us exactly what kind of heart is required to properly serve or cultivate.
THE MORE I SERVED…
When I started serving, I found myself using it as an excuse not to be spiritually present in the service. Bad mojo, I know. Yet the more I served, I began to see what worship looks like and feels like. The more I served I learned how it felt to have the Holy Spirit move through me.
As I read 1st Chronicles 29:14-15, I realized the change that had been happening in my heart over the last 7 or 8 years, wasn’t just a cultivation in general, but more specifically a cultivation of my heart. I realized that without God, I cannot cultivate anything, especially myself. Over the next week I encourage and challenge you to join me in doing two specific things.
1. PRAY - Specifically pray that God will give each of us the gift of a humble heart. Pray that we will realize how small and insignificant we are and how massive and strong He is.
2. STUDY – Specifically study through reading the Bible. In doing so, we are developing a close and intimate relationship with Him.
Who are we? We are nothing without Him. In Him we are strong. In Him we are cultivated.