As I was driving to Sunday school and church this morning, I was listening to one of those good ol’ radio preachers. I’ve sure learned that they have a LOT to say. Much better than the Jock Talk on sports radio I used to listen to.
Anyway, this preacher (whose name I did not get) was talking about sowing and reaping. I’ll repeat his main theme in bold here and add some of my own thoughts:
|“As long as the earth endures,
seed-time and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
God tells us that there is a natural progression of things, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.
Let’s look at seed-time and harvest and four things we must do:
1. We will reap IF we sow.
The harvest belongs to the sower. If we do not sow, we have to accept the dregs of what is left after the harvest. As Christians, we are given the Great Commission to be sowers. Jesus tells at least two parables of seeds, one dealing with where we sow and the other dealing with the mustard seed. But nothing happens to the seed unless it is sown.
2. We reap WHAT is sown.
If we sow thistle, we can’t expect top reap wheat! Eeyore may thrive on thistle, but the rest of us don’t. With our families, with our friends, with all whom we have contact, we are sowers. Sow the good seed to reap the good harvest.
3. We reap AFTER we sow.
If we consume the portion held back for sowing, we have nothing to sow, therefore, nothing to reap. In our “I want it ALL and I want it NOW” world (with respect to Queen), we too often try to reap before sowing, enjoy the harvest we have not sown or that we did not plant in the good soil. In other words, we live for the moment and beyond our means. We seek the good life without accountability. That sure seems to apply to the situation we find our world in today.
4. We reap MORE than we sow.
If not, why sow at all? God promises that we will reap in abundance what we have sown. but we must heed the three previous principles to determine what, if anything, we will reap. We cannot reap if we have not sown. If we sow poor seed or thistles, our harvest will be poor or we will have, ready for this, thistles! We cannot reap before it is time. The crop must have time to ripen, mature or it is useless. The harvest comes on God’s schedule, not ours. The seasons come in their turn.
Let me add one more:
5. We must TEND to what we have sown.
Even if we have sown the good seed in the prepared fields of good soil, we still must tend to what we have sown. We have to keep out the weeds, we have to nourish and water the plants. (Is there anything better than the Living Water?) And we must keep away those who will scavage the harvest, both animals and man, if is not to be lost.
There is a time to sow and a time to reap… and much to do in between.
Alive in the Word