Planting and HarvestingPreface:“ ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me’ ” (Rev. 3:20, NKJV).
There is a time to plant and a time to harvest. In between the planting and harvesting, growth must take place. Growth is aided by sufficient rain and sunshine.
Jesus’ first coming to this earth can be likened to a planting mission. Like a seed planted in the soil, Christ planted the Word of God in the soil of our hearts. He is the sower who went out sowing. “As he was scattering the 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, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times” (Mark 4:4–8, NIV). After planting the seed, He sent the Holy Spirit to nurture the plant that it might grow into maturity in readiness for the harvest.
We are likened to that plant. God has sent the Holy Spirit to nurture us in readiness for Christ’s second coming when the harvesting will take place. How can we respond to the Holy Spirit’s nurture?
1. Prayer. Prayer is more than just talking to God. It is a constant reminder to us that we are dependent on Him. Prayer is the key to the storehouse of God’s abundance. Without prayer, we are powerless.
2. Study of the Scriptures. We must constantly feed on the Word of God through study of the Scriptures. Without feeding, growth stagnates and death results. We would die spiritually without feeding on the Word of God.
3. Keeping the commandments. We indicate our appreciation to God for saving us through our obedience to His commandments. Our growth is actually reflected in our being able to keep the commandments. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15, NIV). We are not to keep the commandments in order to be saved. We are to keep the commandments because we have been saved.
4. Witnessing. We have been given a commission to “make disciples of Jesus” (Matt. 28:19, 20). We witness by precept and conduct. Others should be drawn to Christ by our holy living. It is only as we witness to others that we affirm what we believe. In this way, our faith gets to grow.
Christ is coming soon. Are you ready to meet Him?
Wycliffe Andama, Baraton, Kenya