I recently came to the realization that farmers have an extremely hard job. My eyes got opened to this fact when I moved into a community vastly populated with farmland and farmers. I am honestly in awe of the beautiful designs of their fields, their gorgeous animals, their amazing crops, but most importantly how hard they diligently work without giving up. It requires a great deal of patience to be a farmer and that is something to be inspired by.
Just as the farmer takes time to conscientiously sows his seeds into the ground, and waits to see the fruit of his labor, we too must remember that nothing great ever happens over night. We need to patiently wait with faith that the seeds we have sown will bear good fruit because God will bring forth glory to His name in His timing. “At the proper time you will reap a harvest, if you do not give up”- Galatians 6:9. It takes a great deal of commitment and perseverance to see the results of your labor.
The concept of sowing and reaping is so prominent throughout the bible because during that time, many of the people Jesus was speaking to was part of the agrarian culture who did a lot of farming. They were able to understand His parables and teachings because they were well aware of that lifestyle.
Even in your own lives though, if you sow into your pride, selfishness, injustice, deceit, your own abilities etc, the things you will reap will be destruction and disaster. Whereas if you sow goodness, selflessness, kindness, and you are dependant on God then you will reap eternal life.
Even if you consider the relationships in your lives, if you choose to sow sparingly into them without much effort, the harvest that you reap will be just that. But if you sow in the spirit of blessing, you will reap blessings as well (2 Corinthians 9:6). A great harvest requires a lot of work and focus.
Everything you do today matters for what is to come tomorrow and the days after that. Whatever you decide, will always have an impact on your future. That is why it is so important to carefully consider our actions behind everything we do.
We cannot wait for a better day to decide to sow into God’s kingdom. The bible even stated that if the farmers waited for the perfect time or weather to sow their seeds they will not reap anything (Ecclesiastes 11:4).
God requires His children to sow in His kingdom daily. Our day to day actions and choices should always be made with Him in mind. It is so easy to conform to the patterns of the world even in our daily choices without even realizing it and as a result those bad seeds bear bad fruit and a lack of a plentiful harvest.
Think about your own lives and see how you are sowing in certain areas of your life:
How you treat your parents. How you respond to your children. How you treat your spouse. How hard you work for your bosses. How you treat your friendships. What you watch on the television. What you do when no one is watching. How you boast about the things you have or accomplished. How you speak to others. How you act and react etc. All of these things have an impact on your harvest.
What are you investing your time in? If you are determined to invest into the kingdom of God, even with your daily lives, then in due time you will reap a great harvest.
Never give up in doing the good you ought to do. You reap what you sow. Whether it is good or bad, depends on what and how you are sowing.