The Potential Treasures of the Unfailing Law of the ‘Seed Harvest’
“As long has the earth endures, seedtime and harvest will never cease” Genesis 8.22
Let’s begin with a declaration of affirmation: The seeds that we plant will reproduce after their own kind, whether good or for bad. We don’t necessarily reap when we sow or where we sow, but we will always reap what we sow.
The ‘Grapes’ of ‘Eshcol’ were the product of those 12 spies who boldly ventured into virgin territory; for many, the fruits they brought back were a welcome appetiser to those back in camp, a tasty morsel; but the fruits were received without the ordeal of planting; it was gain without effort; enjoyment without cost; blessing without involvement; benefit without commitment; and possession without exertion – a profitless exercise for many I would suggest. Real fruitful gain and profit springs out of our personal planting and sowing of good seed in life and of sound beliefs; I mention this because there is the unchangeable and unavoidable law of harvest at work in our lives as each day dawns, and we will certainly reap all that we have planted, both in this world and in the life to come. This law is also just as sure in matters of finance and money management, as it is also in Spiritual Things.
Now a comment on another matter will not go amiss here, because many believers make the mistake of understanding matters of seed faith to be somewhat of a spiritual equation; it’s known has ‘Name it and claim it’, I describe it as a declaration of entitlement, however, Gods interventions, along with His immediate fulfilment of His promises, cannot always be anticipated, or His methods manipulated. For God does not always act according to His own precedence, so therefore logic or reason, or a past experience of God doing something in a certain way, can never replace a personal seed planting exercise of living faith in a sovereign God who is allowed to work according to His will and purpose. We need to be careful and wise to what we sow into, for all of life is a harvest field; for we are what we are and where we are today as a result of what we have planted and sown last year and the year before. For it is the unchangeable and universal law of sowing and planting at work and it knows no exceptions, nor can it operate in any other way – and we ignore it at our peril.
Abraham lived out his life of faith in Canaan according to the measure of faith he had received, with an obedience and a fidelity that was demonstrated and proven on earth before it was accepted by heaven, and we are called to do the same – Abraham had planted well, although he never lived to see this full harvest that God had promised. Galatians 6.7-10 is worth reading for there is an emphasis, an expression of prominence on the law of reaping. Jesus spoke much about the subject of sowing and reaping, and He exhorts us to store up for our selves ‘Treasures in Heaven.’ The Bible says: ‘Cast your bread upon the waters, after many days, you will find it again’ Ecclesiastes 11.1
Our eternal destination is determined by what we believe and who we believe in, but our eternal reward will be the result of what we have planted and sowed in terms of wise kingdom investments. Looking out for ‘number one’ is a popular saying in the secular world; Christ didn’t seek to enrich himself, but He enriched others; He sowed into their lives. I don’t know about you, but I want to finish well and hear those words from the master – ‘Well Done’
‘For he who sows bountifully, will also reap bountifully.’ 2 Corinthians 9.6
Jack has been a faithful member of the Free Methodist Church for 34 years, spending many of those years in leadership. He lives in Lancashire, UK, and has recently celebrated 60 years as being a Christian! Find our more about Jack and the story behind Jack’s corner: Treasures of the Word here.