Given August 8, 2007
As we gather today to celebrate those things for which we are thankful, I’m reminded of where the harvest comes from; the seed. “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12“. The things we are harvesting today come from the seeds we’ve planted in the past. If you’re not seeing the kind of harvest you want, or in the amount you want, try planting different or more seed.
This summer, after planting some bean seeds, I harvested a bumper crop. I love to count things, so I counted the bean pods I got off of several plants. You know I got 27 bean pods from one plant with about 8 beans in each pod. That’s 216 bean seeds that came from the one I planted! Now that’s a good return! I had planted a bunch of seeds so I got a bountiful return. “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6“. And, since I wanted beans, I planted bean seeds. I sowed according to what I wanted to harvest.
But I didn’t just let the seeds sit there. No, I watered them, got the weeds out, kept the soil loose around them because I wanted the best harvest I could get. And it took awhile. But I had faith that the process would work. It works the same way in the Spiritual realm. You get what you sow and in the amount you sow it. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38“.
As we give thanks today for what God has done for us and the things He has given to us, realize it comes from this principle of seed-time-harvest; plant the seed, give it some time, reap the harvest. You know, we should be out looking for opportunities to plant into the Kingdom of God in many areas of our lives and expecting, by faith, a bountiful return.