Digesting God’s Word: “Reap a Harvest”

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In my last blog entry, we focused on the certainty that whatever God promises must come to pass. Today, we explore what that promised blessing is: we will “reap a harvest.”

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9

God promises that we will reap a harvest from doing good, which is one of my favorite promises in the Bible. I previously wrote about the topic of sowing and reaping. It excited me because this principle gives me some measure of control over my life. As a recovering “control freak,” I’m all ears whenever the Bible tells me that I can help bring about Y if I will do X.

Let’s focus specifically on what we are sowing and what we are reaping in this passage. The sowing part is “doing good,” which we already defined as anything God tells us to do in the Bible. Put another way, “doing good” is pretty much anything you do out of love for God or for other people. If you do good, you are sowing seeds that are going to reap a harvest later.

What kind of harvest can we expect to reap? While this one verse does not specify, many other places in the Bible identify harvests you can expect to reap from doing good, such as the fruit of the Spirit. Let’s return to the same passages mentioned in the “doing good” blog entry and identify some of the harvests we can expect to reap:

Sow “Doing Good” Harvest
Do justly, love mercy, & walk humbly with God Redemption from slavery
Be generous and willing to share Lay up treasures for yourself and take hold of the life that is truly life
Obey authority Rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit; hope of eternal life
Be self-controlled & use sound speech Those who oppose you will be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about you.
Do not withhold good when it is within your power to act. Prolong your life; peace; prosperity; win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man; enter into God’s confidence.
Love your enemies. Great reward; child of the Most High
Provide for urgent needs. Live a productive life
Refrain from paying back wrong for wrong. Sanctification through and through; whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless
Seek peace and pursue it. Lack no good thing

I’d say the effort of sowing is worth the harvest we will reap. Do you agree?

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[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace smiling while running through a field of flowers under the words, “Oh, happy day!” Courtesy Bitmoji.]

Grace’s Journey: Reaping What You Sow

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Also in 2015, God introduced me to the concept of sowing and reaping. Teachings by both Tony Evans and Joyce Meyer helped me understand this principle. Tony Evans’ book, Horizontal Jesus, was particularly helpful.

In the farming world, the concept of sowing and reaping is obvious. For example, if I want to reap a harvest of pumpkins, I plant pumpkin seeds, right? I wouldn’t plant apple seeds and expect to harvest pumpkins. I also would not expect to harvest pumpkins without planting any seeds. Seems obvious, right?

However, for some reason, most of us don’t understand that the same principles apply in our spiritual and emotional lives. For example, I wanted to reap joy in my life, but I kept sowing the seeds of unforgiveness and bitterness. I kept praying for joy, but joy eluded me because I was not doing what God said to do! God says that if we want to reap joy, then we must plant the seeds of obedience. God says that we are to forgive and give thanks. If we do not forgive or give thanks, then we are sowing the wrong seeds to reap a harvest of joy.

In addition, human nature is to hoard what we want more of, but what would happen if the farmer refused to plant any pumpkin seeds? He wouldn’t get a harvest of pumpkins, right? The same is true when we hoard what we want more of, which is why God tells us to tithe. When we tithe, we are planting seeds that will reap a harvest of financial provision.

Even God Himself abides by this principle. How did He go about getting more children? He gave his one and only Son and reaped a harvest of children.

This concept revolutionized how I view my choices. Every choice I make – every seed I sow – will result in a future harvest, so I need to be mindful of what I am planting today. If I choose to plant seeds of ungratefulness, selfishness, or bitterness, I can expect to reap a harvest of depression and anxiety. If I want a harvest of joy, I need to plant seeds of thanksgiving, humility, and forgiveness. The choice is mine.

The other part I need to remember is that the farmer does not plant pumpkin seeds today and then harvest a crop in a few hours or a few days. Whatever I sow takes times to reap a harvest, which is why I should not give up when I don’t experience an immediate change. Whatever I am reaping today was sown a while ago, and whatever I sow today will reap a harvest in the future. It’s up to me what I choose to sow.

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[Graphic: Cover of Evans’ book, Horizontal Jesus. Courtesy Amazon.com.]