The Law of the Harvest is at work in your life
Have you ever planted a garden? When you plant carrots, you get carrots. It’s not a mystery. It’s the law of the harvest.
The rules that govern the way a garden grows also apply to our spiritual life as well. Jesus often referred to seeds being planted and wheat being harvested.
In this week’s episode, I talk about many of the laws of the harvest that are at work in our lives. All these laws work just as powerfully whether your thoughts and actions are good or bad.
- We reap what we sow
- How much you harvest depends on where you plant your seeds, your spiritual efforts
- The harvest comes later, in a different season than the planting
- You have to plant something for it to grow and you have to wait for it
- You can’t wait til the last minute and expect a harvest
- We reap more than we sow. One kernel of corn produces much more
- The harvest is proportionate: the more you sow, the more you reap and vice versa
- You have to plant more than one seed. Plant enough for a crop
- Why you shouldn’t harvest everything, and/or share your harvest with others
- What to do if you didn’t have a good harvest
- Don’t compare your harvest to someone else’s
I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what you found helpful in this episode.
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Bible References in this episode:
Job 4:8 ESV
8 As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
and sow trouble reap the same.
Hosea 10:12 ESV
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Matthew 13:3-8 ESV
3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Luke 8:11-15 ESV
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.
14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
Matthew 7:6 ESV
6 Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
John 4:38 ESV
38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Galatians 6:7-9 ESV
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
James 5:7, 8 ESV
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Hosea 8:7 ESV
7 For they sow the wind, And they reap the whirlwind.
2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Luke 16:10 ESV
10 One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
Luke 12:16-21 ESV
16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’
20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Leviticus 19:9, 10 ESV
9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest.
10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.
2 Timothy 2:6 ESV
6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
John 21:22 ESV
22 …what is that to you? You follow me!
Matthew 5:14 ESV
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.