A Plentiful Harvest, © DS
Last week, through the scriptures, we learned that we should live our lives by the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are:
…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
It is important to remember that “Fruits are the shown qualities of our lives and not the deeds produced.”
Also, we were taught that “what we sow, we reap”. If we plant good, we harvest good, if evil, we reap evil. It is essential, crucial and vital that we are doing what we do with a pure heart, not for our glory but for God’s glory; this is the most important condition to have a good harvest.
Some more thoughts:
The fact that we are not saved by our works but by grace, it does not mean that it is not vital to have fruits in our lives. As we live by the Spirit – the Holy Spirit – the Spirit’s fruits should be produced eventually. It is a natural outcome.
My personal understanding is that I cannot truly, fully change my own self. What I can do is to make a decision that I need to improve, keep myself within the Word of God, study, meditate, pray, fast practice fellowship use practical tools, direct my thoughts and make the appropriate choices at each moment,. The truth is that it is the Holy Spirit who will change me in time or instantly according to God’s unfailing wisdom. He has the powerhouse and as it is written in Zechariah 4v6: “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
Hosea 10v12: “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unploughed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
It is us who need to break the ground! Nobody else can do it in our place. We take the decision and make the choices. As we crack the ground, the Lord moves us to the next level, without even us understand it.
2Corinthians 9v6: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
We do know that what WE sow, WE reap. It is not what our spouse sows, what our Pastor or friend sow, it is not what the Devil sows; it is what WE sow! This is an action that we should have control on. It is under our own power/willingness/desire or call it whatever you like. Good gets good, evil gets evil, generosity gets generously, sin brings destruction, sparingly produce thinly results. Our job is to sow righteousness and the harvest will follow.
We spend a lot of energy trying to figure out what we will sow and how the harvest will be, when it will be. It is a planning/program mostly than something that comes out of our heart, as the Lord asks us to plough. When it comes from the heart, it is spontaneous and absolutely natural. We do not plan it; we do not look at the assumptions, at the red tapes of it, at the deadlines. It is not a program managing! We do not calculate how many “seeds” we planted and equal it to “so much” produce. The picture is not such as “I gave so much to that person, I am expecting so much from him or her”.
When actions come from the heart, they are performed through the qualities of Holy Spirit, equal to qualities of our personality, equal to Fruits of the Spirit.
Once upon a time, an old lady, Martha, was taking small steps towards her house door. She lost her balance and off she went on the ground. A young lady, Katie, was just passing by and run close to the elder woman, helped her to stand up, checked whether she was ok, any pain, any injury and made sure that the old lady arrived safely inside her home. Martha and Katie never met again. Katie never wondered why Martha did not try to find her, thanked her, brought her a gift or invited her in a friendship. Katie reacted spontaneously out of her “good heart” as we say. The Fruits of the Spirit – the qualities of her personality – acted for her. She never calculated the harvest before the action or later on. This is the way that we should envisage each seed we place. We need to trust the Lord that He will provide the best harvest in our lives no matter from where, by whom, in which way, how much and when. We need to trust the Lord that He is just and fair. We need to trust the Lord that He knows the perfect time, the perfect place and the perfect path.
We need to trust the Holy Spirit that He will continue to reveal the Fruits in our lives, to guide us in each step and counsel us.
It looks as if Christians wait for the Lord to do all. He could! He is able and capable. But we ought to remind ourselves that we are here on earth for specific reasons:
- To worship the Lord;
- To be His ambassadors;
- To do His Will;
- To fulfil His purpose in our lives;
- To be His servants and work for His Kingdom;
- To trust Him FULLY AND IN ALL;
We exist to serve the Lord and not for the Lord to serve us!
Above all, remember that the Greatest Harvest is to take place in the coming future and it will be a Harvest that the Lord will crop!
“Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
“Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
The Fruits of each person is the way to recognize who is who. I highlight that it is not our job to judge others. The recognition is useful so we separate the false prophets from the honest ones. We have always the right of our own choices. We can choose what, when and where we sow, in whose field we will get involved, whom we will listen to, how we walk the path ahead us. We cannot blame anybody else for anything we despise in us or in our lives; not even Satan! When Jesus Christ was sacrificed for us, He gave us the chance of choices and freedom!