Monday, September 24, 2007

Don’t Give Up — Your Harvest is Coming!

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)
There is a season for sowing and a season for reaping. Whenever you sow a seed, you are establishing a harvest. What you sow is what you will reap. The only way you can lose your harvest is if you give up.

The Greek word for “season” is kairos. The Greek word chronos speaks of the sequence of time ; kairos speaks of the fullness of time. It is a word of opportunity, the favorable combination of circumstances. The “due” season is the proper season, a season that is appropriate to the seed you sow and the harvest you reap. “In due season” means that when the time is ripe, the harvest will come. That is how the kingdom of God works. Jesus said,
The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mark 4:26-29)
You don’t have to understand how the seed multiplies or how the plant sprouts and grows. You don’t have to keep checking on it to help the thing grow. Just continue going about your business, sleeping by night and rising by day. When the time is reap, the harvest will be ready, and the harvest is always greater than the seed.

Do not “grow weary while doing good,” Paul says. What is doing good?
  • It is doing what pleases the Holy Spirit, letting Him fill you and guide you. “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8 NIV).
  • It is delighting in the law of the Lord and continually mediating on it, letting it instruct you and reveal to you the wisdom of God. The Bible says of the one who does this, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).
  • It is seeking the kingdom of God. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). God’s kingdom operates on the principle of sowing and reaping. When we seek His rule and reign, and His way of doing things in whatever we do, we are doing good. “Seek the kingdom.” That’s sowing. “All these things shall be added to you.” That’s reaping.
Keep doing good, following the Spirit, letting the Word of God fill your heart, seeking the kingdom. You will reap in due season, and it will be BIG. Don’t give up — your harvest is coming!