Farmers all around the world spend hundreds of hours preparing their fields to plant. They attend conferences, develop new products for the soil, and design sprays to keep bugs away from the crops. Farmers understand that what they put into the ground and how they care for it determines the result that they will get.
Think about your own life. What are you wanting to harvest? Perhaps one of these is what you’re going for; a loving marriage, godly children, diligent employees, or maybe a winning sports program.
Here are a few steps to reaping the harvest that you want.
1. Don’t set traps or throw rocks at others. – putting others down or criticizing others for the good that is being produced in their life does not help you.
“Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” – Proverbs 26:27
2. Expect to reap what you’re planting. – if you’re lying, stealing, cheating, or gossiping, expect others to do the same to you. If you’re watching porn, don’t expect your wife to respect you. If you’re showing up late to work, don’t expect to get opportunities to lead.
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” – Galatians 6:8
3. Expect others to benefit from what you’re harvesting – as you harvest good things in your life, you will be a mega blessing to others. The ripple effects of your harvest will bless those closest to you.
“So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.” – Ruth 2:23
4. Expect a great harvest to be a lot of work – you will not reap a great without putting in time, energy, emotions, and sacrifice. To reap a great harvest requires putting in a great effort.
“But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” – Mark 4:29