I love this time of year it is a time of the colors of fall. I have fond memories of jumping into piles of leaves, of wienie roasts and pumpkins, it is the time of harvest. It is also the reminder of the law of God, the law of seedtime and harvest. Harvest will always come as long as you have planted.
If you want to understand just how powerful the law of seedtime and harvest actually is, consider this: The whole plan of redemption was based on it.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God gave one Son so that He could receive many more sons in return. To those of us who live on this side of the cross and the resurrection, it’s hard to grasp what a sacrificial gift that really was. But step back in time He had already suffered some tremendous losses. He had lost his top-ranked, most anointed angel, Lucifer, and a third of the angelic hosts. He had lost the man and woman He created because they had bowed their knee to Satan and all the children birthed to them. In addition, because He had given man dominion over the Earth, God had lost access to that Earth through the Fall. Any way you look at it that was a great loss to God the Father!
What did God use to turn that great loss around? He used the law of giving and receiving. He knew it would take faith and a sinless sacrifice to turn the situation around. So He gave the best that He had Jesus.
Can you see the faith God released in sending Jesus? Mankind had already proven they were capable of rejecting God. They had already done it in the Garden of Eden. What’s more, no man had ever taken on death, descended to hell and been resurrected before, as Jesus was about to do. What guarantee was there that God would ever get Him back? What guarantee was there that mankind would receive the sacrifice He made? The guarantee was the power of faith in His own Word, released through the law of seedtime and harvest – God’s own Word and its power to bring itself to pass.
God released His faith when He planted His Seed. Therefore, He was assured that although in the man Adam all died, even so in the man Christ Jesus all would be made alive. God knew that when His Seed was planted in faith, it would produce a harvest and no one could stop it. Not the devil and all of hell itself!
Today, as a result, God has millions upon millions of sons and daughters, born-again men and women recreated in the image of Jesus. They are the reflection of God’s gift. They are the harvest of His Seed planted in faith. Heaven will be the ultimate harvest and it is my hope you will have a part in that great gathering. There is an old chorus that speaks of “the planting of the Lord and Jesus is glorified!” Heaven itself will be a reflection of that song because we are the planting of the Lord and a glory of that sacrifice!
So let me ask have you checked your life lately? The Apostle Paul admonished the church to prove themselves. Notice his admonition:
2 Cor 13:5-6
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. NKJV
Is Jesus the Lord of your life? It’s easy to pray some prayer but your life will reveal who is really at the center of your life. If Jesus is at the center of your life you will live His way not yours. His word will be your word! Test yourselves, prove yourselves and if you find yourselves lacking repent and make Jesus the Lord of your life. Remember there is a harvest coming.
Lastly let me finish with another “prove me” scripture:
1 Thess 5:21-23
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is my prayer for you!