The Farmer and the Harvest

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering his seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:3-8

When we were looking at those seed catalogue it is interesting to remember that each variety in the book was accompanied by a photograph but it was not of the seed, it was always of luscious melons, red ripe tomatoes or deep green broccoli. No one was ever much wanted to see shriveled up corn kernels, dried beans or tiny carrot seeds. In the same way the heavenly Father sends people out to our hearts to plant the seeds, But it doesn’t really matter much how the sermon looks or how the hymn sounds because it is only the seed. What God is looking for is a harvest.

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Of all people perhaps the farmer’s work requires the most faith. He begins his plans in winter when snow drifts are still filling his fields. He plows in early spring never knowing when the weather will be warm enough for planting. He plants his seed in the soil and waits because he has one all he can do. Unless God sends the right amount of rain, warmth and sunshine his crops will never grow. Then each summer as the Lord permits the farmer harvests goes to market to get the best price he can for purchasing all his family’s needs for the year plus new tools and seed so he can start it all over again next year!

 

God chooses to do the work of the farmer in our own lives. He sees us when we are as cold and hard as a snow filled field. Then He sends workers day after day, month after month and sometimes year after year to break up the field of our hearts for planting. Last He sent His son to die on the cross and fall like a grain of wheat into the ground of our hearts. And God does all that He does in hope that the most precious of all seeds which He has planted in us will grow strong and pure in our hearts to yield an eternal harvest of life!

Seedtime and Harvest

 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:23

The farmer waits all through the year for harvest. He prepares the soil, plants the seed, and then he waits and hopes for rain and sun to coax the seed into germination, then growth and finally full ears on the stalk. As harvest approaches he fuels up the combine and heads to he field for the  reward of his year’s labor.

The Bible tells us that God is in some was just like this farmer. He too has sown a seed into our lives.  He to works to prepare us for something more than we can imagine. Harvest time is not only about we go when we die, but rather about what we have done while we have been alive.

When someone has been hungry, have we fed them? When a neighbor has been alone, have we been a friend? When we meet the abandoned, have we stood with them? Each choice springs from the seed we have allowed to be planted in our hearts. Harvest time is every day. Every day is exactly the right moment! What will be harvested in our life today? Walking by faith is the adventure of finding out!

 

When the Roll

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 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” Luke 10:20

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.     by James Black

The season is slowly closing and the snow clouds are peeking over the horizon. The hay is rolled and ready for the Winter and all nature is being readied for its coming. Tomorrow is not given to us so today lets allow the Lord of the harvest to make us ready for Him!