Principles of Harvest

One of the names given to our Lord is, “The Lord of the harvest” (Matthew 9: 38). God’s people are called sowers. There is a great harvest that is promised in the scripture for God’s people. Let us meditate on the principles of harvest based on God’s word. In I Kings 17: 8 – 16, we read about a mighty man of God, Elijah and a poor widow of Zarephath. A couple of questions come to our mind. Why did God send the man of God to a poor woman who did not have enough? Secondly, why did Elijah ask from such a woman? God’s intention in sending His prophet to the poor widow was to bless her because her harvest depended on the kind of seed she would sow. That women did not give water or food grudgingly. The Lord gave an opportunity for the poor woman to apply the principle of seedtime and Harvest, which sustained her through the drought. God wants to give you a harvest if you are going through a season of drought.

Genesis 1:11 – Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease. This is the principle of how God established the earth. In every fruit, God put a seed inside. Our job is to eat the fruit and sow the seed if we want more fruits. A seed has life locked up on the inside. If you keep the seed safely in a box, it will make no difference. But when sown in the ground it can sprout, grow up and produce fruit. In the same say, whatever God has given you is like a fruit. The Bible calls them fruit of your labor, fruits of righteousness etc… We should never forget that there is a seed in that fruit and the fruit should not be consumed along with the seed. The seed is meant to be sown.

When you let go of the seed that is in your hand, God will let go of the harvest that is in His hand. When you increase the size of your seed, God increases the size of your harvest. When you get involved in God’s dream he will get involved in your dream. Remember, seed is our responsibility and harvest is God’s responsibility and you do not have to sow what you do not have.

Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, but water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.

Principle 1: We reap what we sow: Galatians 6:7- Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. The deception is believing that without sowing a good seed, one can still expect a good harvest. A seed will always produce after its own kind. For eg: A mustard seed can never produce a mango harvest. What a man sows is what he reaps!
Even the attitude matters. God does not want us to sow our time, talent, prayer or resources grudgingly or out of necessity. (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Principle 2: We always reap more than we sow: Matthew 13:8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. The Lord of the harvest is a God who blesses our seeds and multiplies them. Luke 6:38-39 Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.” The hidden growth is always the first. After you have sown, for some time, there is nothing evident on the outside. That is when some get discouraged. Cheer up! The root system comes first which is underground and is not seen outside. Then comes the shoot. That is like the sign for the harvest. God will give you the patience to wait like how a farmer does. At the end comes the fruit. God’s word says, ‘whatever is done in secret is rewarded in public.’ Luke 6: 39 For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Every farmer determines the size of the harvest at the seed time.

Principle 3: We always reap in a different season: The different season is called the ‘due season.’ Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast (Sow) your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Jeremiah 5:24 They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. God is always right on time; with our best interests at heart. Sowing time and reaping time can be completely different. Psalm 126: 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. All God gives you is an opportunity! What you do with that opportunity determines your harvest. There are so many different ways God could bring about your harvest. Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. We must continue to trust God and expect our miracle, no matter what. Give God something to work with and He will surely give you a bountiful harvest.

Remember, God always sends the right answer at the right time, in the right way. Delays are not denials but has a purpose. Declare it from Philippians 4:19: My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. May you receive a bountiful harvest in Jesus name!

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