“And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,”” Luke 12:16
Such a simple verse, yet it is filled with such richness. The Bible doesn’t give us the whole back story into the preparations made for the harvest. However, we do know that before the harvest could come, there had to be work done. There had to be diligent time spent in the field in order to have a harvest to reap. Digging up dry and dead things to make room for new life. Cultivating the ground so it would be in the proper condition to yield the crop being planted. There had to be spent sowing seed and creating guards to protect from wildlife destroying what was sown. There had to be time given to consistent diligence in watering the seed, and pruning it as it sprung to life. There had to be regular checks to make sure nothing was eating away at what had been growing, causing holes to form. And the ability to pay constant attention to any other needs that may have presented themselves was probably exhausting. Then came the waiting process for the full harvest to spring up and fully manifest.
Just as it is with a natural harvest, so it is with the harvests that we are waiting to spring to life in our own lives.
Many times, we want to see a harvest manifest in our own lives, but put little to no effort into producing what we want to see. Then, we wonder why we see no fruit yielding in our lives. Some years ago, one of my mentors confronted me about laziness. He said, “You want what God has promised (the harvest), but you’re not willing to do what it takes to see it manifest”. As I was confronted with this large dose of reality, my heart sank. The heaviness of this made my heart hurt because I knew it was true.
We read about the promises of God all the time in the Bible. We hear them preached over the pulpit, we read about them in the extraordinary tales of peoples lives, and God even whispers personal promises into our hearts while we sit, read, think, dream and worship. We get excited about these promises, but how often do we slow down, take a seat and ask God about the process? We cry, laugh ,and jump for joy when we hear them, but do we really ask God for His roadmap and directions to the destination He promised?
For such a long time, I would sit on God’s promises. Some years ago, I wanted a new job and God had spoken to me, through my pastor, that He was going to bring me into a job that I was going to love. I was so happy that I shared it with a friend of mine . The conversation we had will stay with me forever. When I told her about the promise, she asked what I was doing to look for the job. To my embarrassment now, I told her, I was doing nothing because God was going to bring it to me. She responded,”Well yeah (with a laugh), but you have to do the work to get the job”.
The thought of not working at something or for something, it’s quite laughable. I was spoiled in my thinking and had it all wrong. But how many of us really do this? God shows us some amazing promise, then we just sit and wait for it? We don’t ask questions, we don’t pray about it, we just wait for it to drop into our lap.
This amazes me because we don’t do this when we’re hungry; just hoping food will magically appear and get in our bellies to satisfy the hunger. No, we get up and go to the store and make something happen. We may even call or text someone in hopes of convincing them to bring us something to eat. We work in some form or fashion to get what we want. Yet, we sit down on God. Sounds crazy, right?
“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18
We can believe all we want but without doing the work, it’s dead. Like super crispy dead. God gives us vision to bring forth His will in the earth. He is even willing to give us instructions if we ask. We are His hands and feet here on earth. Saying yes to God is saying yes to being a willing vessel for the advancement of His kingdom. What He produces through us, are great and beautiful gifts from above.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
Our gifts are all different. Some speak, some help, some are good idea generators, some sing, some pray, some love, some have patience, and the list goes on and on. Whatever God has given you as a tool to produce in the earth, is a true gift. Those gifts are meant to shine light in a dark world; to shine brightly on who God is and on all He is able to do.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 16
Yes, harvest time is a good time, but its preparation is not one of slothful living. And when it comes, and the kinds of fruits we produce, is in a lot of ways up to us. What are we willing to do and give up to produce the harvest God has promised? Where are our works to match our faith? How long will we sit on what God has given us? Our gifts, our talents, our visions, our dreams. He doesn’t waste words or give empty visions. Every word He speaks in and over our lives will produce.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 53:10-11
How long it takes for His promises to appear in our lives, is staked much on how we respond to what He tells us. Will we only be excited when we hear it, or will we sit down and allow God to open up His vision to us? To give us the steps to where He is taking us and the route He wants us to go?
He is awaiting our arrival to sit and meet with Him. So grab a pen and some paper, take a seat and ask Him what it will take to see the harvest manifest in your life. I promise He will answer and lead you.
“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it — the Lord is His name: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.’” Jeremiah 33:2-3
And once you get the plan and the steps it will take, run with it. This is how we show the world we believe in the word God has said; that we believe God is real. This is even how we show God we believe Him and trust His commands. We have to stop hoping things will happen, and move on what God has said to us and make it happen with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must stop being afraid and know that God goes with us wherever we go.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9