As Christians we need to sow all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, at all the times we can, to all the people we can, as long as ever we can. [Paraphrased quote by John Wesley] Then we leave the results with God knowing that we never labour for God in vain (1 Cor. 15:10,58).
The harvest is best actioned by many people working together. Some are involved in preparing the ground, others in sowing, others in feeding and nurturing, others in protecting the harvest from disease, and others in reaping, but the LORD of the harvest is always at work bringing the increase of the seeds we have sown, according to His purposes (1 Cor. 3:6-7).
Remember we reap the seeds we have sown and they stay true to type. Therefore we need to ensure we sow actions and words of kindness, love, grace, mercy, hope and encouragement… sow these generously.
If we sow seeds that are not the ones true to God values, we will reap the fruits of those seeds – hurt, struggle, discontent, frustration, failure (Eph 4; 17-19). It is easy done when we are not mindful about what we are doing. We can become tired and frustrated and sow seeds that have barbs on them that hurt others. When this happens be quick to remove the seed, if you can. When you cannot, you must apologise for your hurt so the seed does not grow and destroy the relationship. We cannot sow love until we have acknowledged our wrongdoing to the person we have hurt, asked for forgiveness from the person and God, and taken action to ensure we don’t sow the same seed again (repented). Then we can once again carefully sow seeds of love again to cultivate and restore the relationship.
Sow thoughts, harvest actions
Sow actions, harvest habits
Sow habits, harvest character
Sow character, harvest lifestyle
Sow lifestyle, harvest destiny
So make sure you are sowing God’s true-to-type seeds of love and your harvest will be abundant life – now and for eternity.
Dr Anne van Loon, Chairperson AFCNA