Becoming a disciple: Understanding the horticulture of our soul

Scripture – Leviticus 25:3-5

For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.

Observation

It always amazes me what a God of order God is. His wisdom and understanding is incredible.

Not only does He command us to rest one day per week, but He also knows that we should take a step back for a year after sowing and reaping faithfully for six. I don’t know many people who really do this but those I do know who do it are the ones who are still going strong today. Too many of us burn out, each year working harder and doing more than the year before.

Our Father in heaven understands the horticulture of our soul.

He is the Great Shepherd; the Gardener of our lives. We should trust that He knows what He’s talking about.

Application

When was the last time we took a sabbath year of rest to enjoy the fruits of the past years, reflect upon and thank God for what He’s done, re-evaluate our hearts, our schedules, our priorities?

We live in a rat race. But last time I checked we were not rats.

What if…what if…what if we worked hard for 6 years, serving and investing in the Kingdom of God using our gifts and talents according to our calling, but then for a year we allowed the field to sit, to rest, to enjoy the fruit, to celebrate success, to clean out the closets, to live simply and to enjoy our family and friends without the stress of feeling the need to achieve.

God declares himself faithful to provide during the Sabbath year. Are we faithful enough to believe it?

This is a radical idea: to halt the advance for a year, and let God refresh and restore us, and I don’t know if it’s entirely practical – but the concept intrigues me…

Prayer

Jesus, you are worthy of our lives, our love, our work and our rest. I ask today for a deeper understanding of the Sabbath year concept, that I may grasp your plan for it in today’s world and at this moment in the advancement of your Kingdom across the earth. Is this purely an agricultural idea for the Israelites thousands of years ago? What is the application for us today? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. Father, today I stand in awe and fear of your greatness. You are worthy and I give you free reign in every area of my life. I love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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