The Essence of Harvest

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

What a practical elegant lesson is here for us Christians. The job Jesus left for His followers is direct and simple; sow seeds. Spread the Good News, make disciples. Sow seeds. Physical laws are inescapable, binding us to certain expectations and conclusions that challenged or ignored inevitably result in disappointment, or even danger, as can be exhibited when one purposely or inadvertently steps off a two story building. In His astounding teachings, Jesus often told stories around these natural, well-understood laws. Perhaps one of His most repeated parables is that of the sower who went forth to sow. Read those accounts in Mark 4 and Luke 8.

Later, in a couple of places, Paul takes up the call,  shouts a warning concerning this law of God’s:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall be also reap.” Galatians 6:7

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” II Cor. 9:6

So, today, my friend, recall that control you have over harvest is small. Small, you say? Yes, small; small, but absolutely sure. Plant seeds. Dig into dirt, poke in bulbs and corms; harvest will come. Plant few seeds; harvest will be skimpy. I suggest the planting of many seeds. Fling wide and often your precious kernel. A bountiful harvest will result.

If you look about today and you’re in a spacious field of harvest, get out your scythe and your combine. Rejoice. More likely you will find yourself with a handful of seeds and a long row of dirt. Rejoice…and at the end of the day, judge yourself as suggested by Jesus, Paul and Robert Louis Stevenson


About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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6 Responses to The Essence of Harvest

  1. fireball3316 says:

    what a great quote. and i so agree – our job is to plant seeds and to nurture seeds not really to harvest – we get concerned about the end goal and forget that for most of US it was a journey to faith over a period of time and things happening and conversations, and likewise in other peoples lives. and we can plant seeds all the time – in our words and in our actions. great post! blessings, fireball

  2. Shirley says:

    Thank you Fireball for your response. Welcome to my blog. Hope you’re here often.

  3. Yan says:

    What an assurance, Shirley. God speaks to me through you today – just as I wonder!

  4. Shirley says:

    Oh, Yan. We’re all much alike: We want harvest NOW. I don’t think we’re to be totally faulted for that, however, for this special harvest–this harvest of souls–is so critical, so vital, and we workers so want to gather as much as we can.

    Indeed, we can’t control the harvest, but we can continue to plant seeds. Every day, in every place we walk, to every person we speak…we sow the seeds.

    Another may gather the harvest. Does it matter? No. As long as the seed is planted, watered, increased and the crop is gathered into the barns of Heaven–that’s all that matters. Together in Heaven we will all rejoice!

  5. helenl says:

    Shirley, This is a great post. We need reminders to be content where we are, to keep doing what matters simply because it matters, not to look for “signs” but to look to Jesus. It’s not about blessings and harvest but about becoming one with God’s will.

    I am so guilty of loving the harvest and the blessings.

  6. helenl says:

    Me, too, Shirley. The lesson is for us all.

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