Brothers & Sisters, here is the last of the series of posts concerning 7 Ways to Thrive Spiritually During A Pandemic! Again, add these to your daily and family devotions! We will not merely survive corona, but His Church will thrive (Mt. 16:18). This is Part 7.
Yesterday, we encouraged you to “Strengthen or Solidify Your Biblical Convictions”. Today, we close this series with the topic: “Sow Toward Your Harvest.” Remember, these will not appear in any order of priority.
Let me immediately say that this does not pertain merely to sowing financially. It includes sowing or giving financially but is not limited to that as this is not the only type of harvest we can receive. When I speak of harvest, I am speaking of the the results we are blessed to receive by the grace and mercy of God for the investment of our time, talent and treasure.
In my mind, this particular post really speaks to the totality of this entire series of posts. Although we may not know when this present pandemic will come to an end, we do know that there will be life to be lived on the other side of it. Therefore, we sow now in anticipation for the types of harvest we desire to see.
Sowing and reaping is kingdom principle that is timeless and changeless. No matter the circumstance, we are told to sow or to be or to do ultimately that which we desire to see or to receive in return. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 7:12). He also said in the context of kingdom instructions for our relationships with one another, specifically speaking to our judging based on a righteous standard, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
I am also reminded of Gal. 6:7-10, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. ” Here is another instructive relative to this vital kingdom principle! The point is that we concern ourselves with the sowing and leave the reaping to Almighty God.
I believe the greatest act of sowing is when we obey God. It has been said that obedience is God’s plan to bless our lives. In other words, when I sow obedience, God has obligated Himself to bless me as a result of it. Keep in mind, He chooses and dictates the blessing and the timing. But He has and will bless us. One definition for “faith” is obedience to the revealed will of God. Heb. 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” I believe without faith or outside of my obedience to the revealed will of God it is impossible for us to be pleasing to Him.
Here’s my last scriptural reference. Really, it is another attempt to encourage you to handle what you can handle, which is the sowing and to leave the harvest to the Father. “And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29) Notice in the scriptures, the farmer handles what he can handle (sowing) and leaves the harvest to God. But when the harvest is ready, so is he! We should never expect a harvest from where we have not first sown seed. We know it will produce in kind to what we sowed, it will come later than what we sowed and produce more than we sowed. Although, I cannot dictate my harvest, if I sow obedience to what God’s Word require, I know my harvest will include His blessing!
So, how will you sow toward your harvest during this pandemic? I encourage you in this. Go to the Father in prayer, receive His instructions, obey His Word and then watch Him do what only He is able to do! My prayer is that this and all seven of these posts have been encouraging and helpful! Sow to your harvest during this pandemic and trust God with the rest! #Thrive!