The Kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground, and then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases- he knows not how.
The Earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, immediately he sends forth and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready
God has set up a system for us to get results in life and it is called the Kingdom of God. Christians, however, are often frustrated by a lot of talk about the Kingdom, but no undeniable evidence of the power of God in their lives.
The Kingdom is not a matter of talk; it is an action orientated system. It’s a system of sowing and reaping. The primary seed is the Word, which is sown into the human heart; but as well as that, the whole of our lives are seeds. We were conceived as a seed and we ourselves are seeds.
Many good Christians are sowing the Word and sowing their finances; working and giving of themselves self sacrificially without seeing a harvest on their efforts because, although they have grasped the need to sow, they have failed to understand the reaping process.
Reaping doesn’t happen in passive place; nor is it a purely spiritual activity. We are going to have to engage with the world, and with the affairs of unbelievers if we are ever going to reap as God intended us to. As Christians we have to move away from an emphasis purely on church activity, and realize that this entire planet is spiritual; and that it is subject to spiritual laws. We can operate within the natural world and come out on top because the wisdom of God will always surpass the wisdom of men. We are spiritual beings in a natural world, and we are set up to master both realms.
Let’s look at the natural picture that we are given in this scripture: the sickle is a rough, sharp blade which the reaper uses in a vigorous swing to tear away at the stalks, and pull off the heads of the wheat. The gathering of the agricultural harvest involves deliberate, strenuous, physical effort.
Yet the average Christian is waiting patiently for his harvest to fall into his lap. He has no notion of what it will take to reap his new home, his promotion, his anointing, his peace of mind, his freedom from addiction or his dream relationship.
We are going to have to be intentional about reaping our harvest. Here are some practical pointers for going about it.
First of all, make sure you have identified what your harvest will be. It can be whatever you want it to be, so establish a clear picture of what you want. Make sure that it lines up with your purpose, otherwise you will be looking for a harvest that isn’t yours to have.
Sometimes your harvest comes but you didn’t recognize it, because you weren’t expecting something that GOOD! You were so preoccupied with paying your bills on your little house that you couldn’t even think that God would put you in that huge place! Don’t be like the man who misses his opportunity because he wasn’t ready to take it. Someone else stepped in and took the promotion that should have been yours because they were ready and you weren’t.
Expectation is powerful. When you stop expecting something good to come to you from God, there is an illness in your bones. You can be saying, “It’s harvest time!” with your lips, but inside you are thinking, “Maybe one day”. There is no urgency about your anticipation. Yet the scripture tells us that “immediately” we must put in the sickle.
Your attitude of expectation will cause you to take action, just like when a woman is expecting a baby and she buys certain things and eats certain things and stops doing certain other things in order to be ready for motherhood.
It’s time to be diligent about preparation – studying for the exams that will open doors for your promotion, taking care of the apartment you are in now because you are practicing for your mansion. Learn how to interview; improve your vocabulary and smarten up your personal presentation, because you are ready to stand before kings, and not before obscure men (Proverbs 22;29)
The realm of harvest is available to all those who will develop their self-image to the point where they think, concerning all the good things in life, “Why not me?”
Get rid of the kind of talk that says “I’m just a… (single mama, minority, uneducated person etc.)” Recognize that you are equal with all men before God. Stop identifying yourself most strongly with your cultural or historical roots, and see yourself as a unique human being, whose primary place of belonging is the Kingdom of God.
Recognize your power as a human being to influence and affect the outcomes of things. Don’t give yourself away cheaply, taking the first deal that comes to you, or the first man who says he loves you, thinking they are doing you a favor by their offer before you have even had a chance to investigate what you are getting into. Stop being happy with the crumbs! Lift up your eyes, research, do your homework and find out options for every situation. Only settle once you know, “THIS is my harvest.”
Be prepared to take a stand. Enemies love to show up at harvest time to steal away your advantage. Although as believers we never pick a fight, God requires that we stand up for what is ours, just like in the parable that Jesus told of the wise and foolish virgins. It’s time to receive what is ours without shame.
Right now there is a sound of the abundance of rain. It’s time to make an announcement at your house, “It’s harvest time!”