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Friday, March 20, 2015

Learning To Plant Today, Then Learning To Be Patient for the Harvest

In review of Galatians 6:9 it says, “Let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.”

Bottom Line:
Do not get tired of doing what is good, for if you don’t give up, a time will come when you will be rewarded.

What this means to me:
I should never get tired of helping others or doing what is good. If I persist and not give up, I’ll reap a harvest of blessing when the time is right.

Given this, the time to start planting is now! It’s a natural tendency to say, “One of these days, I’m going to …” indicating that I’m going to serve more one of these days.

Unfortunately, “One of these days”equates to “none of these days.” What I’m learning is that I shouldn’t wait for things to get better or a situation to change; I should start planting now. The sooner I plant, the longer I’ll enjoy the harvest in my life.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that the harvest will not always come in my time or timing. There’s always a delay between sowing and reaping. A farmer plants in one season, and harvests in another. I can’t plant this morning and expect a harvest this afternoon.

I simply need to be patient and never give up doing what I know I should be doing!

This is one of the principles that the Kingdom of God operates on. This verse in Mark 4:26-29 says, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain — first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head” (NIV).

The results will come, but they will come slowly and as part of a process. And because it takes time I’m reminded to, “Let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest” (Galatians 6:9 GNT).

I should also forget about last year’s crop failure. Rather, I should start focusing on the long-term harvest in life. I didn’t get the way I am overnight. It took years to mess things up, and it’s going to take a while to put things back together. There is a time of delay between sowing and reaping.

The Bible says in Psalm 126:5-6, “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest” (NLT).

I should consider what need I may have been grieving over. Mourning is ok; however moaning is not. Instead of moaning, I need to plant a seed, because whatever I need more of, I need to give away.

Today is the day for me to plant the seed.

As I reflect on this, the one thing I would like to receive more of, is the good feeling I get when I can meet with and help someone out. I need to make sure I can make time to follow-up with some of those in my life that I can meet with before I move.  I would like God to help me give myself away today so that I can make a difference in the lives of others and one day reap the harvest he has planned for me.