Many of us have been taught to stay grounded, stay humble, pray, and let God bless us with the harvest on His own time and in His own way. Unfortunately, it’s because of this very thinking that most people miss their opportunity to harvest at the appropriate time.
There is actually a practical reason why we should be looking for the harvest and preparing ourselves to reap it. We shouldn’t be just waiting for God to bless us without at least understanding how to reap. Let’s look at those practical reasons why we should be looking for the harvest. Only then you see how good God is and that He intends to bless you beyond your current expectations.
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. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Have you ever noticed that when you examine this particular part of scripture it reads a little oddly? Who even speaks like this? , “…and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth…., and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.”
Exactly what does that mean that the tree yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind? Is this just a poetic way of saying, “This fruit tree has fruits with seeds in it”?
This oddly arranged text bears witness that the tree is meant to produce both fruit and seed and that the seed ensures that it will reproduce again. By design the fruit has the predisposition to multiply and to reproduce for a purpose. Per God’s design, the seed is meant to perpetuate that specific fruit tree by using the law of sowing.
As you sow your time, talent, and especially money those are seeds that are meant to produce both fruit and more seed. Since we are talking about finances, it is by design that as you sow money it must produce fruit and seed. In this case the seed is more money for the purpose of sowing again and again. It is meant to be a perpetual cycle of growth. That is how the law of sowing works.
Is there another practical reason for sowing and reaping? Is there another purpose to sowing and reaping a harvest of both the fruit and the seeds? 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 is a critical scripture to support the law of sowing and reaping. Please read that entire scripture at least four or five times until you see two specific verses stand out.
The first one is verse 6. Reaping happens in direct proportion to how much you sow; one effects the other. Embedded within this verse is the understanding that reaping is to be expected. Since sowing and reaping is a natural law established by God for the purpose of producing more seed, it becomes our duty to purposefully seek and find the harvest and not leave it up to God to bring us this blessing.
By not expecting a harvest or looking for it is a misguided act of neglect to be the best stewards we can be for the sake of perpetual growth. Verse 10 says, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” Notice that is says, “we have bread for food and seed for sowing.” There is a clear distinction from fruit to eat and fruit that produces more seed for the purpose of sowing.
Also, read the words that follow, “…and increase your store of seed…enlarge the harvest…” The seed is meant to increase in amount or quantity while the harvest increases as well. In practical terms the seed is designed to increase your seed count and to increase your harvest so that you may do works of righteousness.
In the end, your harvest is designed to get larger every season by virtue of the amount of seed you sow. However, your harvest will not increase at a rapid pace until you can find and reap the harvest so that you can gather up more seed. Look for that harvest because it has your next seed to sow. Sowing and reaping is a law (principle) that God graciously established in this world to support our growth and success. To disregard one part of the law because we think it’s a holy and righteous act to allow God to bring us the harvest basically goes against the way to make the law work to our advantage. It takes us out of the loop of being good stewards and participating in blessing others.
The harvest is near and it’s time to go get it because our next seed is waiting for us.
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Please note: This is general information and is not intended to be legal advice. You should consult with your own financial advisor before making any major financial decisions, including investments or changes to your portfolio, and a qualified legal professional before executing any legal documents or taking any legal action. Faith News Niagara and Joshua Ray are not responsible for any losses, damages or claims that may result from your financial or legal decisions.
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