Galatians 6:7 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” NKJV
We have touched on three principles regarding the Law of Harvest last time. We realized that the Seed must be Sown before there is a Harvest. We discovered that the Sown Seed must be rendered useless, it must be allowed to Die. Also, the Seed that is Sown Determines the Type of Harvest. I believe this subject is so vital to our attaining the place of overcoming in our Christian Walk that we will continue with more principles that will hopefully unlock some doors for you spiritually.
A fourth principle is, The Size of the Harvest is Determined at the Time, You Sow. You don’t sow seed and later change your mind about what crop you want to harvest. Imagine a farmer planting corn and after a few weeks decide that he’d prefer or needs a Soy Bean crop. That is not going to happen. He planted Corn and Corn he will reap. How much corn he reaps is directly connected to the amount of corn he planted. If he plants one acre of corn he will have a limited harvest. If he plants 1,000 acres he will have a bountiful harvest. In 2 Corinthians 9:6, “…a farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.” You cannot wait until the Day of Harvest to determine the Size of the Harvest. You may not know how large a harvest you need at the time of sowing, therefore, I suggest that you always sow as bountifully as possible. In my view, abundance is far better than shortage so let that be the rule in your sowing. Take the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 35:27 to heart, “…let the Lord be magnified, which has pleasure in the prosperity of His servants.” Have spiritual eyes to see the Harvest at the time of planting.
A fifth principle is, The Seed Sown must be Sown in Good Soil. I refer you to the words of Jesus in Matthew 13:8, “…other seed fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” In the natural only good ground produces a bountiful harvest, likewise in the spiritual that principle is true. Jesus has given us promise after promise of His provision. Mark 10:29-30 he declared, “…there is no man that has left house or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel’s but he shall receive an hundredfold NOW in this life, houses and lands…” Luke 6:38 amplifies this principle saying, “Give and IT shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…” Good seed in Good soil produces a Bountiful Harvest and Honors God.
A sixth principle is, The Harvest is ALWAYS After Sowing. Remember the illustration of Jesus in Mark 4:26-27, “…a man should cast seed into the ground: and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow…” One of the only Instant Harvests is a Big Smile. If you give a big genuine smile there is almost always immediate reciprocation. We must learn Patience in the process. Impatience will destroy the harvest or result in us planting the seed that will counter our harvest with a contrary harvest. If you dig up your seed to check on its progress you will subvert the process and render the harvest dead. Galatians 6:9 gives us the answer, “…let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due season we shall reap IF we faint not.”
A seventh principle is, The Crop must be Cared for to Produce a Full Harvest. In the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13, our Lord reminded us that there were “thorns that sprung up and choked the seed.” You cannot leave the Seed unprotected against the ravages of a hostile environment or exposed to the bugs, birds, weeds, drought, etc. You must water the seed with Prayer and make the directive of Jesus in Matthew 6:33 a daily pursuit of your life, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness; and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added to you.” Make God and His Kingdom first in your life and pursue His purpose at all times and in all things.
We need to be discerning and able to hear the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit as God directs us regarding the soil into which we sow. We must never forget that the harvest comes later and sometimes much later than we sow. We must also remember that it is incumbent upon us to protect and care for the Seed, watering it in prayer and tending to the seedlings so they can grow to maturity.
I desire to present a few more principles on this matter hoping to inspire, encourage, and empower you to HARNESS YOUR HARVEST. God, bless you richly is my desire and prayer!