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God’s Garden

August 11, 2012

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” John 4:35-36

Have you ever wondered why the Kingdom of God and His children are so often likened unto growing things? The sower, the wheat and the tares, the mustard seed? Or, “By their fruits ye shall know them”….is it because that – like a garden, perhaps – we must be tended to, nurtured, and cared for to grow properly?

Yet while we are the harvest, we are also those who must labor among it; “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9:37-38) Because no garden will grow without a seed first being sowed: if we don’t try to plant the Word of God in fertile ground, then there will be no harvest to gather; “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap…he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal 6:7-8) This is as true for witnessing to others as it is for how we ourselves live; because in truth, the two are tied together.

The verse from John above says, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest,”, because all we have to do is look around and see that there is a great harvest to be had if we would only step out into it, and that we have much work to do. Think, also: what happens to a harvest that is left to waste in the field? Its spoils and rots, does it not? And if we do not go forth and witness to all those souls who – whether they know it or now – thirst for the living water like a field in drought, then we are letting the harvest go to waste. Sometimes, we will be able to do no more than plant a seed and get the process started; sometimes, we will be there to reap, watching as someone finally gives their heart to the Lord…but we will do neither if we never go forward to do our jobs. You might recall that, for some time, ‘stepping up’ was a theme we all spoke of. But the truth is that, if we don’t step out, then stepping up doesn’t matter.

So today, let us decide to do more: let us choose to be diligent laborers in God’s Garden. Let us bear fruit, and gather His grain into the barn.

Be blessed,

Joshua

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