A common thread in Jesus teaching was the use of either architectural or agricultural frames of reference.
For which of you intending to build and a sower went out to sow, are two such references.

In the book of Jeremiah a word came to the people that said ‘break up your fallow ground and do not sow amongst thorns’ Jeremiah 4:3

In that time, land was allowed to lie fallow so that it might become more fruitful; but when in this condition, it soon became hard and overgrown with thorns and weeds.
The cultivator of the soil was careful to “break up” his fallow ground, i.e. to clear the field of weeds, before sowing seed in it.

Every environment is a growth environment for good or for bad.
The decision to have a good growth environment is a tough decision because it requires relentless tending of the soil, and on a personal level, constant self examination to ensure that the soil of the heart is an environment that welcomes challenge and growth.

Just being in a growth environment will not grow you either. You have to desire it.
If you don’t desire it, a growth environment can become irritating because it moves at a fast pace, and what seemed to work yesterday or yesteryear may no longer be relevant.

I have found that the best way to grow is to do the following:

  1. Be teachable
  2. Approach each day and situation with L plates
  3. Commit to being an owner not a victim

This requires childlike faith, which gives everyone the ability to truly ‘see’ the kingdom of God.

Nigel Ipinson-Fleming