1 Corinthians 3:9
you are God's field, you are God's building.
In our walk with the Lord we find that He is looking for certain things to come forth within us. His Word, we are told is the seed (Mark 4:14). Our heart is the ground or the field. We know from the parable of the sower that the result is hinging on the type of ground that is in the field. We also know, according to Isaiah 55:10-11, that His Word does not return void but accomplishes what it is sent to do. So then, have we considered we may have a responsibility to prepare our ground to receive the seed?
Many times over the years I have heard someone receive a word that spoke of God enlarging them. A particular passage in Isaiah is usually quoted.
"Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited.
I have even received such words before and with joy celebrated the coming expansion. But, what I have learned over the years is that this word was really a call from the Lord to work on the ground of my heart and let Him into places that were either neglected or never sown upon.
Ephraim is a trained heifer That loves to thresh grain; But I harnessed her fair neck, I will make Ephraim pull a plow. Judah shall plow; Jacob shall break his clods." Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
We all love harvest. We are indeed serving the Lord of the harvest (Matt. 9:38). We must however remember that harvest follows the investing of the crop first. There must be a sowing and watering of the seed sown before the crop matures into readiness to harvest.
The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come."
While good, there still has to be a preparing of the ground first before the seed can be sown and produce the best crop possible.
Breaking up fallow ground is making ground usable to grow a crop on. Fallow ground is hard. Usually this ground has weeds, stones and other issues that need to be removed. We, as God's field, have this responsibility to get in position to receive and tend the seed God desires to sow into our lives. I love harvest and I know you do to, but harvest is the result of plowing, sowing and tending to the field. There really are no shortcuts. Miracles, yes. Shortcuts, no. In the above passage in Hosea 10, God declared over His people that instead of threshing (harvesting) they would learn to plow. This is God's call to grow up into more responsibility and allow Him place where previously He had none. There is much He can do with the fallow ground if we will embrace our assignment to plow it up. If we will take His yoke and burden we will find there was a mighty harvest right before us in the field of our own lives we never saw before.
Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
Next time we will take a look at what is involved in plowing and how God may get us ready.