Waiting for the Harvest
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Have you ever found yourself standing in the soil where you planted your crop, staring at the dirt month after month looking for signs of life?
It’s easy to feel on fire when you’re planting seeds for the Lord, expecting to see the harvest in the next season. But what if the harvest doesn’t come?
Though we can be both, it may be hard to accept that some of us are called to be purely sowers of seeds of faith, while others may be called to be reapers. Yet both are priceless to the Kingdom. You cannot have one without the other! It might feel like a discouraging task to spend your life sharing the love of Christ and never see anyone’s heart soften towards our Savior. It might not only feel discouraging, but we may feel like since we’re yielding no crop, we should give up our work of planting the seeds of hope for the Lord in our community. This thought is the enemy.
In truth, we may never know on this side of heaven what the seeds we plant will grow into. But can you imagine that day in paradise when we see how it all comes together? Galatians 6:9 says we will reap if we do not give up, yet it does not say that we will reap on this earth. The Father recognizes our hearts and our efforts, and our reward may be a heavenly one. The job of a planter is an honorable one, a valuable one, and potentially a soul-saving one, even if we don’t see it in our earthly lives.
Jesus was the ultimate planter. He spent His ministry years spreading the Word. He had a small following, but He was largely mocked and rejected, ultimately dying for the truth He shared and the words He planted in the hearts of the ones He loved. His days on earth didn’t include His harvest. But the seeds He planted continue to be harvested, today, thousands of years later. Right now. In you. In me. In this article.
As you read from whatever part of the world you are in. We are part of Jesus’ sowing. And we are part of Jesus’ harvest.
So keep planting. Even if you’re tired of standing in the dirt. There are others here beside you with their hands in the soil and their eyes on the skyline.
You never know who will be part of your harvest.
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