THOUGHTS ON THE LORD’S DAY
“Five laws that guarantee your harvest—even during a pandemic.”
Many today are worried about the “supply-chain,” goods and services that most of us take for granted when times are good. If our only hope is in the ability of foreign nations or even our own nation to supply life’s necessities we will ultimately be disappointed at best, or worse, live in constant fear.
“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat; winter and summer, day and night.” Genesis 8:22
God has given every true believer (sower) five laws that govern their harvest:
First, your harvest is limited to your planting. God will not multiply what you have not sown. Example: Hebrew Happy Meal, five loaves and two fish feed 15K with twelve basketfuls leftover. Too many want God to multiply first before they will give up their their lunch.
Second, your harvest always comes after you plant. Sweat comes before reward, a law of life. Real change and growth always takes time. Today’s supply is based on yesterday’s planting. Your sowing is not just about you, It’s also about the next generation.
Third, your harvest is greater than your planting. Your crop is always larger than your seed. In Mark 4:20, Jesus talked about a harvest of 30, 60 and 100-fold. The harvest is greater in both magnitude of what you reap and the quality of the fruit. God often uses generosity to give gifts far greater than money.
“Where your treasure is, your heart follows.” Matthew 6:21
Fourth, your harvest is proportional to your planting. One seed equals one plant. However, one seed from one apple can produce some 2,250,000 more seeds. Your generosity toward God and others determines His generosity toward you.
“Whoever is kind to the poor is lending to the Lord, the benefit of his gift will return to him in abundance.” Proverbs 19:17
The only time God said to someone, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I’ll give it to you,” was to an extravagant giver.
Fifth, you can’t do anything about last year’s harvest. However, you can surely change next year’s. You are reaping today what you sowed yesterday. If you want to reap more, you won’t get it by praying more, you must sow more.
Yes, there are miracles. They are called miracles for a reason, they are not a common experience. Wisdom does not rely on miracles as a way of life. Sowing in faith must become a lifestyle if you want to live the abundant life.
Someone once said, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is today.” What do you want to reap next year? Sow the seed today and stay in faith until the harvest comes.