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Harvest Day! Living In Abundance. (Jn. 10:10b) Oct. 2014

Ordinarily harvest time is that period when the mature crops (fruits) are gathered in a farm. At harvest, the farmer reaps from the effort(s) of sowing.

On this planet everyman could be likened to a ‘Sower’ who, at some critical point down the line, must reap.

Friend, I have discovered, searching the scriptures, that one of the biblical laws that God almighty respects, with obvious predictable repercussions because he is not a respecter of persons, is the law of harvest. Do not be deceived whatsoever you sow, that you shall also reap (either for good or for bad) Gal. 6:7.

In Gen. 8:22 the bible says that while the Earth remaineth seed time and harvest will never cease. In fact the scripture goes ahead to emphasize the certainty of harvest by comparing its periodicity with that of cold and heat; summer and winter; day and night.

However, we don’t harvest in the dimension in which we have sown. If you sow a grain of corn, when the time comes you may harvest at least a cob of corn with tens or hundreds of grains. That demonstrates the exponential relationship between sowing and harvesting. Hos. 8:7 says that they have sown wind and they shall reap whirlwind. Just imagine that for a moment; someone sowed just a little breeze and on harvest day he reaps a hurricane. That’s scary.

John 12:24 says except a grain of corn fall into the ground and die it abideth alone. But if it dies it bringeth forth much fruit.

You may say: ‘well pastor come on now! How does that concern me? After all I am a Christian’. Ecle 3:1 says that, under heaven, there is time for everything; a time to plant (sow) and a time to pluck that which was planted (harvest). Harvest is therefore a certainty and not an accidental probability. Harvest day will surely come. When you sow Good, you shall reap Good but when you sow Evil it is only logical and rational to imagine and understand that you shall harvest Evil. It may take a long time (maybe generations) but make, no mistakes harvest day will surely come.

That is why I suggest that as Christians we must be mindful of what we do when we are on our way up, and what we do even when we get to the top. When you spend your time daily plotting how to bring someone down from an exalted position, or plotting how to setup people who many-a-time are innocent, or spreading falsehood about and against innocent people, back-biting and back-stabbing even those who had helped you or even trusted in you, soon it will be your turn and people will gang up and in several ways pay you back or plot to bring you down in shame, even when  you get to the top.

When you gossip about others to bring them down; when you spend your time in acts that put others into a very high degree of discomfort and misery so as to achieve your own selfish objectives; wait for it; your turn will come and you will reap the fruits of your endeavour in exponential proportions.

The converse is also true. When we plant seeds of goodness in the lives of people; when we help people who are in dire situations and circumstances; when we love our neighbours as ourselves and let them understand the mercies of the throne of grace as demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ, we shall reap joy unlimited and divine abundance in awesome proportions.

Today, many believers are either living in abundance or swimming in the ocean of abject poverty, lack and deprivation as a direct consequence of a seed they (or their parents) had sown in the past. Tomorrow, many more are still going to either suffer lack or enjoy divine abundance as a result of the seed(s) they are sowing today.

For instance how do you treat that houseboy / girl that God had allowed to stay in your house now; how do you treat your neighbour’s children, wife relations; how do you treat people of other tribes, race, and nationality that God has brought your way; how do you treat the poor and defenseless in your society; how do you treat your fellow brethren in the church? How do you treat your subordinates and bosses in the office? Whatever you do, you are sowing a seed which must bear fruit(s).

Jezebel and Ahab conspired and killed Nabot over his land. They thought it was over when they got rid of Nabot and acquired his property. But when it was harvest time, just for the sake of one man, God brought evil upon them and destroyed Ahab’s posterity; Because of one man, God promised to wipe out every man that was a descendant of Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kgs 21).

David committed adultery with Batsheba and killed Uriah in the process. By the time it was harvest, evil did not depart from David’s house. God promised to take his wives and give them to his neighbour; the child product of the adulterous relationship died and Amnon committed incest with his sister Tamar and had to be killed by his brother Absalom. Down the line Solomon, a son of David married 700 wives and had 300 concubines some of who lured him away from God and practically destroyed his kingdom. It all started with an evil seed (2 Sam. 11:1-17).

The widow of Zarephat sowed just one last meal. She had prepared it for her son and herself to eat and die. But when Elijah asked for the meal, she sowed it and the barrel of meal never wasted and the cruise of oil never failed. (1 Kgs17:12-15).

In Luke 5:1-11 Peter and his team sowed just a boat. They sowed obedience. When it was time to harvest they got a multitude of fishes. The magnitude of what they sowed was nothing compared to the dimension of the harvest.

Do not be deceived, as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, harvest day will come. My prayer is that we shall harvest Good and not Evil in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

God bless you.

If you have not given your life to Christ please do so today.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

317 Woodpoint Ave.,

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

 

 

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:12pm