Preface: I am doing a series on Offense over in my Facebook group, Going Beyond Shame and Guilt. This is what popped up today and you can see how it developed into this post, so I am sharing it with you all, too.
Obviously this one is our “offense” post for today. But it’s so much more than that. Offense can cause us to be in a false sense of security because of our gifts. This says that we need to be “cultivationg” our relationship with Jesus so we will not be offended and we will bear fruit. Fruit is all throughout scripture and so is being attached to the vine which is Jesus. WE cannot grow and produce fruit without being attached to the vine. (See John 15)
This one really made me think. Cultivated. 1.refined and well educated. 2.prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening. (break up (soil) in preparation for sowing or planting; raise or grow (plants), especially on a large scale for commercial purposes.) 3.try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill). 4. try to win the friendship or favor of (someone). 5. apply oneself to improving or developing (one’s mind or manners).
And in one of the above definitions, the talks about being on a large scale. I’d love to bring as many people as I can to Jesus, wouldn’t you? So pray and see if you are a sower or a cultivator or a harvestor. And pray that God would send workers in His field today.