“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. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:7-10)
As sure as the rains from heaven above and the labors of the farmer who lives below eventually lead to a harvest to be enjoyed, the same can be said spiritually speaking.
It’s important to remember that every spiritual season of sowing isn’t going to lead to a “bumper crop.” Nor will every season bring agreeable weather with it, but the work of sowing the seed must go on (2 Timothy 4:2). But the season is worth it even if the seed only bears fruit in the heart of a single individual (Luke 8:11,15). The goal is about quality as much as it is quantity, because at the end of the day a spiritual harvest will be reaped in its own way – whether here on earth or with God in heaven. Good labor will not be forgotten:
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
When it comes to the biblical seasons of sowing and reaping, eternal life isn’t only meant to be promoted to others through the Gospel; it’s meant to be enjoyed by those who sow to the Spirit. And when this aspect is realized it can lead to a greater bringing in of the sheaves for multiple reasons.
Remember, if we don’t base the reaping of next year’s garden off of the results of this year’s, then why should we lose heart because we have one bad spiritual season, or become prideful because we have one good season?
So the spiritual harvest will eventually come in its own season, but only after the sowing gets going because we can only reap what we sow! EA
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-8)