Seeds. You break up the hard ground. You drop them into the soil. You water them and the sun shines on them. They sprout and they grow, usually. Of course, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the conditions aren’t quite right. Sometimes, for reasons I’ve never been able to figure out, some seeds just don’t grow into the plants I’d thought they would. There have been other times that I’ve watched and waited for some flower seeds to begin growing and have all but given up, when all of the sudden a tiny green shoot breaks through the soil and I’m pleasantly surprised.
There are only a couple of reasons though, why you and I wouldn’t reap a harvest (of blessing) in our spiritual lives.
Galatians 6:7-9 says this:
Don’t be misled-you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
1) IF YOU AND I LIVE ONLY TO SATISFY OUR SINFUL NATURE, WE CANNOT EXPECT A GOOD HARVEST
As my hubbs often says, “I hate to be Captain obvious here, but…” if you and I live only to please ourselves and follow our own selfish desires without regard for the Father, without regard for where Jesus would like to lead us, then we shouldn’t be surprised when we suffer the repercussions that come from living for ourselves. And that harvest is death and decay. It’s like living for myself and following my own sinful desires and then acting confused when I end up dissatisfied, discontent, angry, unhappy, and jealous of the peace and joy others have. It doesn’t really add up. All of this sowing seeds of selfish living will bring forth a nasty harvest of death, and it will choke out any good harvest of blessing God desires to bring forth in our lives. The thing is, God wants to give us a harvest of blessing. That requires surrender. That requires giving up my life and allowing Jesus to live through me. The life that He gives is so far greater than the life I could try to build for myself. All we have to do is accept what Jesus wants to freely give us. Amazingly, He will restore years that the moth has eaten and rust has destroyed if we allow Him to. He gives us an incredible new beginning, a place to begin sowing new seeds. It’s beautiful.
2) IF WE GIVE UP, WE CANNOT EXPECT A GOOD HARVEST
As the above scripture says,
At just the right time, you will reap IF you do not give up.
Part of trusting God is trusting that He’ll bring forth a harvest at just the right time. But we can know that He will undoubtedly bring it, because he said He would…if we do not give up.
Sometimes the enemy would have us focus all of our attention towards time and get us to begin to look around at those who seem to be reaping a harvest of blessing at every turn. In our minds, they seem to put their hand to the plow, and a harvest is popping up over-night. They plant a church and growth begins immediately. They invest in a business venture and are rolling in that cheddar in a matter of months. They decide to pursue something, and it’s an immediate success. We are tempted to look down at the callouses on our hands from what is years of plowing and wonder when we are going to see signs of growth. We look down and wonder if we’ll ever reap a harvest after all of our sowing. We wonder why it is so easy for others.
This is a tool of the enemy to get us to begin sowing to our flesh again. Jealousy creeps in. Suddenly we feel sorry for ourselves and we grow weary where we did have supernatural stamina. We are tempted to give up.
God spoke to me so loud and clear through this passage in Galatians recently, when I was tempted to grow weary searching for the harvest. It’s none of my business how God wants to bring forth fruit in other’s lives. It’s no concern of mine if He wants to bring forth an overnight harvest in other’s efforts. That’s reason for me to celebrate with them!
But I can be ASSURED of this. All of the time that I am waiting to reap is giving me more time to SOW. Each row that is plowed, each seed that is planted, each shoot that is tended to…it’ll add up to acres. And if I still have no signs of obvious fruit, I can keep on plowing. I can keep on sowing. I can keep on watering. Because the word of God is truth and a harvest is coming IF I do not give up! The more time I have to sow, only means a larger plot has been plowed, planted, and watered. And God Himself will bring the increase, because He said he would.
Are you growing weary in your sowing? Jealous of others? Are you tempted to quit in an area where you’re serving because you feel no one appreciates you or notices all of your efforts of giving? Do you feel like giving up praying for someone you love because it seems hopeless?
Listen to me today. If you are following Jesus the enemy is going to do everything he can to get you to grow weary and give up. Why? Because that’s all he can do if you have set your heart like flint to allow the Spirit of God to live through you. The enemy will do all he can to wear you down, discourage you, and cause you to doubt that harvest is coming.
It. Is. A. Lie.
Push aside every attempt for the enemy to derail you from your God appointed duties, and declare today…HARVEST IS COMING. GOD SAID IT IS. I WILL NOT GROW WEARY. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I WILL SEE THIS HARVEST OF BLESSING.
God alone will do it. He is faithful and true.
You will look around and see all of the healthy, gorgeous fruit coming forth, and you will stand in awe.
If you’re living for yourself today, it’s never too late to turn around. Give yourself to Jesus. He’s waiting with open arms. If you’re weary today, do the same. There is a great big God with arms as wide as eternity, and compassion, provision, and strength deeper than the deepest oceans held in store for all those who sincerely come to Him. He is the true gardener. He wants to bring forth good, colorful, delicious fruit in your life. Come to Him.