One of the keys to taking control of your world is to cultivate your garden. Or in other words, taking care of and developing things God has given you in order to turn it into what it was meant to become. We are first given these instructions back when God created mankind to rule…
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
Of course, this freedom to rule is a great responsibility and takes much effort on our part. Yet, there are still those who wait on God to do it all for them, and that kind of wait is a wait in vain. For example…
Dr. Tony Evans from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship has a great analogy. Let’s say a farmer doesn’t cultivate his land, but simply fasts and prays for the Lord to make the crops appear without any of his own doing. What happens? The farmer starves and dies. Even though the farmer had good intentions on his part to trust in God, he forgot one critical element—he failed to take the initiative and plant the seeds. While God provides the sun, the rain, the environment necessary for a good harvest, it is still up to the farmer to cultivate the land and prepare it for growth in cooperation with God to produce the fruit.
“God doesn’t do the work for you, He does the work WITH you.” –Dr. Tony Evans
God sets the stage and provides the natural resources or skills applicable for us to rule our world. But He allows us to do the actual ruling. We shouldn’t just sit down and simply wait for God to do something. God is waiting on us! And when He sees you doing what you are supposed to do, then God joins you in making sure that what you did becomes fruitful.
“Let them rule” means God will operate with you, but He will not replace you. So if you are waiting on God without cultivating your own responsibility, well that is waiting for God in vain.
Remember when Jesus turned the water into wine in John 2:1-12? If not, here is a good refresher. Well, that action required the servants to fill up the jars with water first, so that Jesus could do something with it later. Sure, He didn’t need the servants to do anything. But if they were to witness the miracle in its entirety, they needed to take the first step so God had something to work with. God sets up the environment, in order to allow mankind to cultivate it, then He blesses it.
In the beginning (Genesis 1) Adam’s job was to cultivate what God placed him in (the Garden of Eden) so that He could bless it. Our roles today are no different. We are called to rule and to cultivate the environment God places us in so that He can work alongside us in it.
So don’t waste time and simply wait for God to act, if perhaps He is waiting on you. Not sure what exactly you might need to do first? Pray for Him to lead you in the right direction.