Preparation for the Harvest
Wade E Taylor
“Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed,
some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and
devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where
they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up,
because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun
was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root,
they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the
thorns sprung up, and choked them.”
“But other fell into good ground, and brought forth
some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Matthew
In the spring, with anticipation of a harvest, the soil is
turned and carefully prepared. Then, seed is sown within the
soil. The quality and the quantity of the harvest, depend
on the time taken in the preparation of the soil to receive
the seed, and then, in removing all weeds, as the seed grows.
The time we take to prepare our spirit to receive the Word
of the Lord is very important. Only to the extent that we
carefully prepare the “soil” of our heart, and
guard the “atmosphere” in which we abide, can
the Word be effectively sown into our lives, and an increase
Summer will bring into full manifestation the “potential”
that was hidden within each of the seeds that had been committed
to the soil, with hope and expectancy. The quality of the
harvest will be greatly affected by the amount of “Son”
(Jesus) that shines upon the soil, and the amount of “Rain”
(Holy Spirit) that waters the soil.
There are relationships and things that must be dealt with,
if we are to maintain the quality of the “soil”
of our spirit, to be able to receive the “Son”
and “Rain” necessary to have the harvest we desire.
The “soil,” into which the seed is sown (the
carefully prepared furrow), speaks of our being in the center
of the will of the Lord. The “wayside” speaks
of areas in our life that are outside the will of the Lord
for us: places where we should not be - where we will eternally
loose much of what the Lord desires for us.
The “stones” are things we have, which are not
necessarily sinful, but will hinder, or hold us down. If we
truly desire to come up into His presence, we must separate
ourselves from these things.
The “thorns” speak of attitudes or opinions,
which are sharp, like the thorns on the stem of a rose: beautiful
to look at from a distance, but draw blood, if touched. There
are people with piercing attitudes that must be kept at a
As the time of the harvest approaches, we desire the sun
to shine, and rain to fall upon our garden. So also, we need
a greater release and impartation of recurrent “Son”
and “Rain” upon our spiritual garden, that an
abundance of “fruit” will result.
Our Heavenly Father patiently waits for the maturing of His
Body, that there will be an abundant end-time harvest.