Harvest Time

HARVEST TIME
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – THERE WAS A TIME IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY WHEN A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR FAMILIES MADE THEIR LIVING AS FARMERS ON SMALL FAMILY FARMS. THAT PERCENTAGE HAS SHRUNK OVER THE YEARS. THE ADVENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BETTER FARM EQUIPMENT FOR PLANTING, CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING OF CROPS, IRRIGATION, FERTLIZERS, DISEASE RESISTANT SEED MADE THE AMERICAN FARMERS MANY TIMES MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE. THE AMERICAN FARMER AND FARMING METHODS BECAME THE ENVY OF THE WORLD.

IN SPITE OF ALL OUR ADVANCES IN AGRICULTURE THE PRINCIPLES OF PLANTING AND HARVESTING HAS NOT CHANGED SINCE BIBLE TIMES. EVEN THOUGH WE MAY NOT BE FARMERS OR EVEN HAVE AN INTEREST IN FARMING THESE PRINCIPLES APPLY. WE WILL ALL REAP A HARVEST AND THE HARVEST WE REAP WILL BE ACCORDING TO THESE PRINCIPLES ESTABLISHED BY GOD LONG AGO.

BIBLE READING: GALATIANS 6:7 –10; TEXT: GAL 6:7 BE NOT DECEIVED; GOD IS NOT MOCKED: FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP.

DO NOT BE DECEIVED – DO NOT BE LED ASTRAY. GOD IS NOT MOCKED – GOD WILL NOT BE RIDICULED OR LAUGHED AT. GOD’S JUDGEMENT AND JUSTICE WILL BE SATISIFIED. WE MAY FOOL OUR FRIENDS OUR NEIGHBORS AND MAYBE EVEN OUR PARENTS AND FAMILY, BUT WE DO NOT FOOL GOD. GOD SEES ALL AND KNOWS ALL. HE KNOWS THE END FROM THE BEGINNING.

PAUL PAINTS A PICTURE OF LIFE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLANT IN ONE OF TWO FIELDS: 1) IN THE REALM OF OUR FLESHLY NATURE. (GAL. 6:8) OR 2) IN THE REALM OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD. (GAL. 6:8). PAUL WAS SPEAKING TO BELIEVERS AS WELL AS UNBELIEVERS BUT PRIMARILY TO BELIEVERS WARING THEM (AND US) THAT THEY (AND WE) WILL REAP A HARVEST, AS WE HAVE SOWN.

II) 1ST WE HARVEST WHAT WE PLANT – THIS IS BOTH A LAW OF NATURE AND A LAW OF GOD. IF YOU SOW WHEAT YOU WILL NOT REAP OATS. WHEN YOU PLANT TOMATOES YOU WILL NOT REAP ONIONS. IF YOU PLANT TURNIPS YOU WILL NOT GET SQUASH.
A) IF YOU SOW YOUR WILD OATS YOU WILL HARVEST A CROP OF WILD OATS. 1JO 2:15 – 17 LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD. IF ANY MAN LOVE THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM. 16 FOR ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, THE LUST OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE, IS NOT OF THE FATHER, BUT IS OF THE WORLD. 17 AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY, AND THE LUST THEREOF: BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOREVER.
B) IF YOU SOW INTO THE KINGDOM YOU WILL REAP A SPIRITUAL REWARD: MAT 19:29 AND EVERY ONE THAT HATH FORSAKEN HOUSES, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS, FOR MY NAME’S SAKE, SHALL RECEIVE A HUNDREDFOLD, AND SHALL INHERIT EVERLASTING LIFE.

III) 2ND WE HARVEST WHERE WE PLANT – IF YOU ARE SOWING TO YOUR FLESHLY NATURE YOU WILL REAP A CROP IN THIS REALM. IF YOU ARE SOWING TO THE SPIRIT YOU WILL RECEIVE A HARVEST IN KIND.

IV) 3RD WE HARVEST MORE THAN WE PLANT – IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MANY TOMATOES SPRING FORTH FROM A SINGLE TOMATOE SEED; HOW MANY KERNELS OF CORN ARE ON AN EAR OF CORN THAT WAS PRODUCED FROM A SINGLE SEED; HOW AN APPLE TREE THAT SPRANG FROM A SINGLE SEED CAN PRODUCE BUSHELS OF APPLES. GOD ESTABLISHED THIS PRINCIPLE IN THE BEGINNING: GEN 1:11 – 12 AND GOD SAID, LET THE EARTH BRING FORTH GRASS, THE HERB YIELDING SEED, AND THE FRUIT TREE YIELDING FRUIT AFTER HIS KIND, WHOSE SEED IS IN ITSELF, UPON THE EARTH: AND IT WAS SO. 12 AND THE EARTH BROUGHT FORTH GRASS, AND HERB YIELDING SEED AFTER HIS KIND, AND THE TREE YIELDING FRUIT, WHOSE SEED WAS IN ITSELF, AFTER HIS KIND: AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. IT IS THE SAME IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM. WHEN WE SOW OUR WILD OATS WE CAN EXPECT A BUMPER CROP OF THE SAME NOT ONLY IN OUR LIVES BUT THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

V) 4TH WE HARVEST LATER THAN WE PLANT – IT SEEM LIKE THE HARVEST COMES UP WHEN WE LEAST EXPECT IT. WE SOW TO THE FLESH AND THINK THAT WE ARE GETTING AWAY WITH IT. WE ARE SURPRISED WHEN OUR CHILDREN HAVE LITTLE OR NO REGARD FOR GOD. (WHY SHOULD WE BE SURPRISED? THEY HAVE BEEN WATCHING US. THEY HAVE BEEN WATCHING OUR LIVES AND ADAPTING OUR VALUES. THEY SEE US CHEAT ON TAXES, STEAL FROM OUR EMPLOYERS AND PRETEND TO BE SOMETHING THAT WE ARE NOT SUNDAY MORNING AND THEY ARE NOT FOOLED!

VI) CONCLUSION – HARVEST TIME IS COMING FOR ALL OF US. WHAT WE HAVE BEEIN PLANTING OVER OUR LIFETIME WILL COME UP. WHAT WILL YOUR HARVEST BE? ARE YOU SOWING TO YOUR FLESH OR ARE YOU SOWING TO THE SPIRIT? ARE YOU LIVING A SELF-INDULGENT LIFE OR ARE YOU INVESTING IN SPIRITUAL THINGS?

1Co 6:9 – 10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 

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