Galatians 6:7 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” NKJV
We have considered Seven Principles of Harvest that hopefully have either been reminders or revelations for you and encourage your heart and enables you to Plant the Seeds for the Harvest you desire to reap. There are a few more that I feel would be valuable for us to give consideration.
An eighth principle is, The Sowing is Always to Harvest Size, not From Harvest Size. I don’t mean to be confusing in that but if you consider Genesis 26:12 that Isaac sowed in that land (famine was in progress) and received a hundredfold. He was planning to go to Egypt, which would have been the world’s way but God said PLANT and as He obeyed He Sowed to His Need and Reaped the Harvest that was nothing short of miraculous. You ALWAYS sow with your desired harvest size in mind. That often means that you plant the most when it appears can least afford it. Farmers understand that principle, but too many miss it in the spiritual realm especially in the area of finances. Much of the time we tend to sow FROM our Financial Harvest rather than TO it.
One of the reasons for this is the Fear of Insufficiency. In the Old Testament, you will recall the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17 when God instructed him to go to Zarephath where he would encounter a widow who was to sustain him. However, when he approached her she expressed her concern which was rooted in the Fear of Insufficiency and told the prophet that she had just enough to make one small meal for her and her son and then they were going to die. WHOA NELLIE! Didn’t God say he had commanded her to sustain the prophet? Sustain? Maybe she missed the memo because she said, I CAN’T! She was missing the truth that when God commands He makes provision. Finally, she OBEYED and her obedience brought blessing whereas rebellion would have ensured her death. Therefore, NEVER allow a Fear of Insufficiency to prevent you from SOWING TO YOUR HARVEST. God is God and He will not fail.
A ninth principle is, Expenses Are Always Greatest at Harvest Time. Money is important in giving because when you give money you are giving your life. It reveals that you are not bound by doubt and Fear of Lack and expresses faith. As our Lord taught about Harvest in Matthew 20 He reminded us that the householder went out early to HIRE laborers for his vineyard. Harvest requires laborers and laborers are an added expense. When your Harvest is ripe the Holy Spirit will give you, a divine unction saying, “It is time!” That is the time to increase your giving. In the natural, you must have laborers, combines, etc. to reap the harvest and those are expensive. In the spiritual, it is important that we release the laborers into our field. One of the reasons that some sow but never seem to fully reap is they fail to Release the Laborers into the Harvest. They stop giving or sowing TO THE HARVEST and try to reap a Rolls Royce Harvest on a Volkswagen budget.
A tenth principle is, remember that A Portion of Every Harvest is for Sowing. Paul reminds us of this truth in 2 Corinthians 9:10 saying, “For God who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant.” You never want a ONE-TIME HARVEST but a continual harvest. Years ago, I heard an illustration that clearly explains this principle and truth.
In the Mohave Desert, there was a small oasis located at the mid-point of the most treacherous point. At this juncture, everyone needed water to sustain them. In the middle of the oasis was a well with an old-fashioned hand pump. In order to make the pump work, you had to move the handle up and down vigorously until a stream of water poured forth. On the pump handle, there was a pint jar that was tightly sealed. Inside the bottle was the water needed to prime the pump. Tragically people were found dead at the site because someone drank the pint of water refusing to trust the hope of abundant water if they poured it down the pump. Their Fear of Lack cost them their lives and the lives of others who followed. Their faith was in a ONE-TIME HARVEST.
An eleventh principle is, A Portion of Every Harvest is for Eating. Paul’s words illustrate that principle in 1 Corinthians 9:7, “…who plants a vineyard, and does not eat the fruit thereof?” It does not matter if it is literally seed used in farming, money, divine defense, etc. It is all the same principle! In 2 Corinthians 9:6, the apostle Paul reminds us, “…if you give little, you get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he pants much, he will reap much.” The amount of seed planted directly affects the Size of the Harvest it is the Law of Multiplication at work and no farmer ever questions that principle or law. He knows it is real and he trusts it. God often uses natural laws that are easily understood to convey spiritual truths and principles. If you plant a seed that seed will produce a plant which will produce fruit and the fruit always comes in multiples of the seed sown. I sometimes shout when I read the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more, so that there will not only be enough for your own needs, but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” HALLELUJAH!
Is it wrong for the farmer to sow his seed expecting a return? NO! Then why is it wrong for a believer to give expecting to receive? I want to deal with that in more detail so I will pause here and pick this up next time. Until then, God may the Lord bless you richly and abundantly as you enjoy this day in His presence.