Renewed revelation and insight that has changed my life!
I took time out with the Lord for two weeks to prepare for this year. Yes, I know we do not all have that luxury of time available. I usually don’t have that myself, but I am determined to change the way I am “doing” life.
What I learned was so good that I wanted to share it with you! 😊
Cultivating Principles That Govern Life
At the beginning of Creation, God created seasons within an annual rhythm. It will continue for as long as this creation exists. Within this cycle, the principle of sowing, cultivating and harvest takes place.
In Genesis 1:28, God commanded us to “be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.” It rests upon the principle of sowing, cultivating and harvest. Scripture often uses the analogy of “sowing and reaping” to describe, these actions in our lives.
Owning Your Fields
Each one of us received life within a territory, with its boundaries. It is our farmland, and it carries our name. As a farmer takes ownership of his farm, so we take ownership of our life, which we received from the Lord.
We express our life through different environments. Each one representing a separate field, and we choose the number of fields and determine the size of each.
As an example, I share with you the fields I chose to represent my life.
An insight which I find very valuable is that we cultivate each field with its specific crop. This brought me to the point where I separated each environment of my life into manageable parts. Each with realistic expectations and doable plans. In this way, stewarding this precious gift of life energizes me and brings me joy!
It meant an end of living in a state of overwhelm.
When each environment is the same size and carries the same importance, it is not manageable. Usually, we default to paying attention only to one or two of them and neglect the rest. It becomes an unbearable burden, loaded with guilt and feelings of failure.
Seed Yielding Its Kind
God said, “Let the earth put forth grass, seed-producing plants, and fruit trees, each yielding its own kind of seed-bearing fruit, on the earth”; and that is how it was. The earth brought forth grass, plants each yielding its own kind of seed, and trees each producing its own kind of seed-bearing fruit; and God saw that it was good. B’resheet – Genesis 1:11-12
This principle has changed my understanding and expectation. So often we have sown in one field but expected the harvest in another field! The crop you plant and cultivate delivers its harvest according to its kind.
Many teach that if you sow into the work of the Lord, you will receive a huge harvest from another field in your life. This is contrary to the yielding principle.
When we sow into the work of the Lord, we reap a spiritual harvest. An investment in our career, provide the benefits of a fruitful harvest from that field. The same applies to relationships. Think of the time you invest with your family and friends? The harvest of blessed relationships and good times together.
Times and Seasons
Allocating our time in the right way is a key which helps us to plan and to do what we need to, in each of our environments. It is not always the same and varies during different seasons of our lives.
The myth that we need to speak about is, achieving a balance in what we do. I have yet to meet the person who has achieved this ever-eluding balance in life. Balance is not a Scriptural principle. The only kind of “balance” that Scripture refers to is the weighing of scales.
Scripture does speak about seasons and the appropriate time to do things. The different environments, do not need the same amount of time, energy, and resources. Each one has its own appropriate allocation.
The lack of doing things at the right time does have its consequences.
A lazy person won’t plow in winter; so at harvest-time, when he looks, there is nothing. A Time for Everything. Mishlei – Proverbs 20:4
This principle does not only apply to someone that is lazy or procrastinating. Each opportunity has its own time, and when we do not apply ourselves at the right time, we miss it. Not all opportunities that present themselves are for us. In this, we need wisdom, insight, and discernment.
Planning, and doing what is necessary for its appropriate time, helps us to stay focused. Then we can say ‘No,’ to those shiny opportunities that are not for us now.
For everything there is a season, a right time for every intention under heaven–a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to discard, a time to tear and a time to sew, a time to keep silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Kohelet – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Steward Your Gift of Life
When we receive a gift, the full ownership of that gift transfers to us. God gave us the gift of life, and it is our responsibility to take ownership of it and steward it well.
I often hear people saying, “my life does not belong to me, it belongs to the Lord.” It is a very misleading statement. In a way, people move their responsibility away from themselves, as if the gift of life, is not theirs to steward. Their life becomes God’s responsibility.
Every person, who has accepted Yeshua Messiah – Jesus Christ as their Savior, belongs to God.
He gave us life, and He expects us to steward it. He provides us with opportunities and direction. It is up to us to sow, cultivate and reap the harvests of our fields. We trust Him, follow His ways and seek to do His will, and honor Him with our lives. This means that in stewarding our life, we apply Biblical principles.
We are not like the man described in the parable of the talents, who received one talent form his Master. (Matthew 25:14-30). He did not accept stewardship and deferred it back to his Master, by burying it in the ground until His return.
We aim to be like the men who received the two and five talents. According to their ability, they took ownership and stewarded their talents well. They provided their increase to their Master on His return and received their reward.
We also want to hear Him say:
Celebrating Our Harvest
There are times set out to thank the Lord for favor upon our work. We thank Him for His provision, in the work we have done and upon the work, we are still going to do. Thanking Him for our previous harvest and the harvest still to come. We can sow and cultivate, but the Lord makes it grow!
From a Hebraic perspective, we celebrate and thank Him at every Shabbat meal, and at the times of harvests. Johan and I celebrate at other times as well, to thank the Lord for His provision and increase. 😊
May Your Life – Your Land Be Blessed
My prayer for you is that the Lord will bless the work of your hands. That He will give you wisdom, insight, understanding, and discernment, in this year. I pray that His favor will rest upon you as you work in your fields and that you will reap a bountiful harvest from each one of them.