“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest ….shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).
When we talk of the season for reaping and prospering our mind goes back to the harvest season. The Bible teaches in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, that there is a season for everything; a time to sow and a time to reap what is sowed. This is the harvest season for the Church, a time when we should all focus on how to bring in the lost souls and the least reached peoples of the earth to Jesus.
A farmer who does not sow during the planting season would be deceiving himself if he expects to pluck or reap something during the harvest season. He would have missed a vital season in the harvest period. In order to reap something, we must first of all sow seeds. None of us is short of seeds we can sow in this season of the harvest.
Life operates on certain principles and laws. In Genesis 8:22, God reveals one of such irreversible laws of life, it says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease.” Those who obey this law of sowing and reaping would always come out with a testimony of joy and harvest. As God’s creatures, we are all carriers of seeds which we sow in the course of life. Potentially, we are all carriers of different seeds, what matters most is how we sow them, where we sow them, and when we sow them. We must be intentional in the seeds we sow in others in our everyday walk in life.
THE SEEDS WE SOW EVERYDAY
We all have opportunities to witness and win souls for Jesus. The seed of the gospel is the greatest seed we can sow in life. There can be no greater prosperity than that which comes from saving a soul from damnation. Apart from the seed of the word of God, we have opportunities to sow financial seeds, sow the seed of love, the seed of prayer, the seed of kindness, the seed of patience, the seed of hope, the seed of encouragement, the seed of generosity, the seed of counselling, the seed of relationships, the seed of faith, the seed of worship and praise, the seed of obedience, the seed of faithfulness, the seed of diligence, the seed of hard work, the seed of our time, the seed of our talents, the seed of our service, the seed of holiness and righteousness. All these are some of the seeds we sow in our lifetime and should expect to reap blessings out of them. The challenge is, which of these seeds have you sown?
WHAT GOD BLESSES!
There are two things that God usually blesses. First, God blesses the work of our hands. He crowns our efforts with success. He blessed the work of Job’s hands ( Job 1:10). This means that lazy and idle hands don’t have the opportunity of prospering from God’s blessings. Secondly, God blesses the seeds we sow. If we fail to sow seeds, then God will have nothing to bless. It is the man who sows that God blesses. That is how prosperity comes. God demonstrated this in his dealings with the children of Israel. After chastising them for their sins, when they repented, he turned around to bless the seeds they sowed (Zechariah 8:9-13; Haggai 2:18,19).
A PORTRAIT OF A LABOURER AND SOWER
Psalm 126:5,6 gives us a vivid portrait of a labourer or sower, who is poised to reap at the end of the day. There are some basic facts we have to note about this labourer.
First, he sows in tears, “those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” The sowing season could be a very painful period. It is one of the most difficult seasons. It is a time for hard work, investment and intense activity. But, the tears of the sower later gives way to joy during the harvest period. Every farmer sows in hope, expecting to reap during the harvest season. Evangelism and soul winning could be very tiring and rigorous, but brings joy when souls are won.
Second, we see that this labourer “continually goes forth weeping.” His actions are continuous, steady and consistent. Though the sowing process is tedious and painful, but this labourer persists in tears. He does not relent or slow down. The task of evangelism and soul winning is tough, but pays off in the long run.
Third, he does not fail to sow seeds at all times. “Bearing seed for sowing.” There is no end to the seeds anyone of us can sow. You do not do evangelism today and rest on your oars tomorrow. We must keep on scattering the seeds of the word of God through evangelism. Like Solomon says, “in the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).
Four, this labourer ends up reaping and prospering. “Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” The word “doubtless” means that every seed we sow ultimately yields results. Our responsibility is to go out on evangelism and soul winning. It is God who brings the increase. At times, the results and increase to our efforts comes without our knowledge. Other times, the results are slow to come.
In conclusion, I want to say that reaping happens in due season. There is a season for everything. Diligence, hard work in the harvest season, perseverance and faith brings about prosperity and blessings. Let us throw in ourselves into the harvest field, trusting God to give us the increase.