“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22 NIV)
When we read through scripture we notice that, for the people of God, life revolves around the harvest cycle. The law of sowing and reaping is very much a central theme throughout the bible, culminating with the Lord’s redemption plan for His people, which is also a form of harvest.
Leaning on this, we recognise that our current season is both naturally and spiritually perceived as the time of harvest (join us for our Harvest services this Sunday 5 October). It’s not that during other seasons we don’t harvest, but that, prophetically, this is a significant moment.
Naturally, during October fruits like apples, chestnuts, squashes and pumpkins have a seasonal peak. Since nature works in tandem with, and helps understand, the spiritual realm; prophetically, we see this month as a period for spiritual harvest as well. Ecclesiastes 3:2 says “there is a time to plant and a time to time to reap” – we trust that some “spiritual or even natural seeds” planted sometime past in your life are now ready for harvest.
What seed is sown?
We understand that different seeds produce different harvests. We cannot sow apples, for example, and expect to reap grapes. We need to be careful about the type of seeds we sow – here are few examples of seeds that one can plant:
- caring or kindness
- your time and talents
- your actions
- your resources
- your prayers
Scripture says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:7-10 NIV). Therefore we need to pay attention to: 1) the quality of our seed, 2) the quantity and 3) discern the soil on which we sow in order to obtain the best harvest.
Time and courage
In the kingdom of God, we know it isn’t always a quick fix. Sometimes your seed sown won’t produce quickly. In those instances, we are told to persevere with the help of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).
At times, it happens that you do not necessarily reap what you sow. For example, in a struggling relationship; one does his or her best but in turn the partner reacts badly. Even then, time and efforts are required from us so that our positive and loving attitude can override the negative behaviour.
Bearing in mind what the apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9:6 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously”; individually and as a church, we want to sow generously the seeds of love, care and compassion towards our friends and community. We purpose to be help, be hope and be whole. In turn, we expect the release of a great harvest from the Lord in our lives, families, church and the wider community.
This is the opportune time, the kairos moment when we trust God to meet with us. We look forward with great anticipation for Him to bless us and make us vessels of blessing. Keep on believing…