I live in Iowa. It is a farming state. Most everything here is agriculture based. Whether you live on a farm or not, chances are you are somehow connected to farming. There are combines in the fields picking the crops, tractors on the roads carrying the crop from the fields, and huge mounds of corn or soybeans being prepared for storage. It is a frenzy of activity that goes on day and night until the harvest is finished. It’s impossible not to notice.
Watching all this activity made me think about my life and what I’ve been planting and what I expect to harvest. Galatians 6:7 tells us “..For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” In farming, this is a given. We would not expect the farmer to harvest watermelon when he planted corn. No, the seed he put in the ground was corn and that is what is harvested.
But when things in life are not turning out the way we hoped, we start feeling sorry for ourselves and moping around thinking we can’t get a break, or nothing good every happens for us, never considering what type of seed we have been sowing that is producing this “harvest” in our lives. We must purposefully sow good seeds in our lives if we want a good harvest. Our heart is a garden and we are the farmer.
Here are the steps to getting a good crop from the garden of your heart.
Prepare the soil
In Mark 4:15-20, Jesus describes for us the different types of soil and how it reacts when seed is planted. In order for the Word to grow we need to make sure our hearts have been prepared to receive it so it can take root and grow. We must get rid of all the weeds and rocks to make good soil. Good soil produces a good harvest. Hosea 10:12
Plant the seed
The seeds we plant start with our thoughts. Nothing ever happens until we think it. Does what your thinking align with what God says about the situation? If not – get rid of it! Replace it with a scripture. Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2
Next, watch your words. What are you saying? Chances are whatever you’ve been thinking about is coming out of your mouth. Our words have creative power, so unless you want what you’re saying to happen – zip it! Psalm 119:172; Proverbs 15:2; Psalm 35:28
Finally, trust God. Believe that what He says, what His Word says, is true. In the physical when you plant a seed, you do not reap the fruit immediately. In fact, for a long time you may not even see any evidence that there is a seed in the ground. But you know it is there and you know with time it will sprout and then grow and eventually produce fruit. The same is true with God’s Word. When we put it in our heart, it starts to grow. We may not see any evidence for a while but it is working. Eventually it will sprout and grow and produce fruit if we do not give up. Galations 6:9; Isaiah 40:31; Ephesians 6:13
And then it comes! That thing you have been believing for is yours. That situation you’ve been wanting to change is changed. Just like a seed growing into a plant, we may not even realize the change is happening but if we stop and look back we realize it’s happened. It is time to harvest our blessing and put it to use. When the farmers pull their crops out of the field, they do so with a specific purpose in mind for that crop. We also need to use our harvest. Whatever you are harvesting – put it to use doing good.
And then it start all over again. Never stop preparing the soil of your heart. Never stop sowing good seed into that soil. Never stop believing that it is growing into a bountiful, useful harvest. And never stop using your harvest to help someone else.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22