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"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" John 4:35.
It is harvest time! And this harvest will be the greatest
we have seen if we will diligently "till" the field
the Lord has given us.
Could you imagine seeds refusing the field in which they
are to be planted? In Proverbs 31:16, a virtuous woman considers
a field and buys it. We too must first count the cost to work
in this field of the Lord's choosing.
Jesus did only those things which pleased His Father. To
be like Him, we must both choose and remain in this field
where He has planted us. Then He will be able to work into
our lives all that is required for our part in His harvest.
According to Matthew 13:19, the seed is "the Word of
the Kingdom of God" being sown in the human heart. By
this we know we are to plant seeds, God's Word, in the hearts
of His people. However, Deut 22:9 warns against sowing different
kinds of seeds, so the fruit is defiled. This places a responsibility
on each of us to know and plant only the pure Word of God
in the hearts of His people.
Suppose our livelihood was solely dependent upon farming
the land? The processes of plowing, sowing, weeding, and reaping
would determine the harvest; and the storage of food for the
winter would be the difference between life or death. If there
was neglect, starvation would result. Life in the Spirit does
indeed depend on our tending our field (heart) and the field
(world) where God has placed us to sow seeds in the hearts
"I went by the field of the slothful and by
the vineyard of the man void of understanding
and low it was all grown over with thorns and
nettles had covered the face thereof, and the
stone wall thereof was broken down, then I
saw and considered it well: I looked upon
it and received instruction" Prov 24:30-32.
Apparently this man either lacked or lost his vision. Perhaps
he began to till the field and then gave up prematurely because
he expected instant results. Or he may have despaired of clearing
the land because of the abundance of stones in the field.
Consider the farmer who works more in his neighbor's field
than in his own. Unless he has a very kind and generous neighbor,
he will starve when Winter comes. Then there are those who
call themselves farmers but are without a definite field.
Their planting is sporadic and their concepts of farming are
vague. They have not stayed in the same field long enough
to both sow and reap. Neither have they prayed for rain, waited
patiently for it, and experienced its refreshing when it came.
As a result, they have not witnessed the increase the Father
gives through patient waiting in a God-ordained field.
The harvest requires diligence. The seed, once planted, must
be watched over patiently until it sprouts, and then protected
because of its fragility. The fences must be maintained so
nothing breaks through and spoils the tender crop. Weeding
must be done diligently, preferably in the heat of the day
when the hot sun causes the roots of the weeds to die, so
they do not sprout again.
God is a perfect farmer. Only as we yield to the Holy Spirit
can we experience the outworking of the qualities we need
to become excellent "laborers together with Him"
and to experience His fruit in our lives.
Sometimes farmers produce fruit that only other farmers truly
appreciate; yet there will also be obvious fruit for all to
see. Each of us needs to ask the Lord for the particular field
He would have us till.
Then we must begin to plow, to sow pure seeds, to weed and
perform all the duties of a diligent farmer, for we will reap
the harvest in due season. These are all part of our very
life in Jesus.