The difference between tilling and cultivating is this: Tilling is taking everything that once was and ripping it out, leaving nothing behind and starting completely over. Cultivating is taking what once was and loosening it, breaking it up so that all the bad things come to the top and die off, leaving all the good things to harvest a new season.
In appearance it would seem that tilling my life would be more beneficial than cultivating. A great new start with nothing to regret, nothing to work through, and no new work to put into it. Cultivating can take more work because we have to be careful not to rip out the old growth and stir it into new harvest, while making sure the dead parts are lifted to the top to whither in the son and perish. It is a vital part of our life to work on this cultivation process so that we have a great harvest in every new season.
Often times we feel so exhausted from the struggles of our lives and with every new season that comes to us we want to just plow it over. The enemy would certainly love us to think that tilling through our lives is the easiest route.
“The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.” “The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles? “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time.” Mt. 13
Yesterday I spent some time in the presence of everything Holy. I realized that I want to spend the rest of my life being in this very place. Cultivating the liveliness of Holy Spirit.
I told a friend I was ready to give it all up to do this everyday of my life. The response was, this can be exhausting. In which I agree. But, it’s a new type of tired. This little conversation has not left me.
God says, not as exhausting as the tilling you keep doing every season of your life. You’ve opened yourself to warfare. The moment you began to cultivate is when the exhaustion turns to a liveliness in me! That liveliness harvests plentiful to the ends of your days.
Today, is the first day of cultivating my life to a new harvest. I want to live my everyday with Jesus like I did yesterday with and for His people.