Being Cultivated or Pursuing? Being Cultivated by God [Pt. 2]

Pat Cultivating the Garden

Pat Cultivating the Garden
(c) Pat Sikora

So, do I allow God to cultivate me or am I to pursue him with all I’ve got? I think the answer is “yes.” Let’s look at cultivating in this post and pursuing in the next one.

I was reading one of my favorite devotionals, God Is Enough by the 19th century Quaker Hannah Whitall Smith where I found these words:

Growing is not a thing of effort but is the result of an inward life principle of growth. All the stretching and pulling in the world could not make a dead oak grow: but a live oak grows without stretching. The essential thing, therefore, is to get within you that growing life, and then you cannot help but grow. This life is the life ‘hid with Christ in God.’ (Col. 3:3), the wonderful divine life of the indwelling Hold Spirit. Be filled and, whether you are conscious of it or not, you must grow: you cannot help growing. (p.102)

I know I’m filled with the Spirit. I know I have the life of God in me. I see his hand everywhere in my life. And yet, I often feel ordinary when I long to be “a mighty oak of righteousness, a planting for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3).

On one hand I know I’m being cultivated by the great husbandman. I’m a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor (His work). As a gardener, I spend a lot of time planting, cultivating, and pruning my plants. I decide what needs to be done to accomplish my goal for each plant. I plant each one with loving care. I fertilize with the supplements I believe the plants need. And when they get leggy or out of balance or stop performing, I’m out there with my pruners trimming away the excess.

So on one hand I need to allow God to cultivate me. To direct my path and open doors for me. I need to submit to his planting, his fertilizing, and yes, even pruning. I need to “cease striving” (Ps. 46:10 NASB) and allow him to be God, orchestrating my life as he sees fit.

But does that mean I can be a couch potato waiting for a vision from God? Can I go off and do my own thing until God calls? I don’t think so. Let’s look at the other side of my responsibility next time.

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