Our local farmer’s market is now brimming with baskets of peaches and all kinds of wonderful vegetables. Each person who put in their garden is finally reaping a bounty from their work. They planted, watched, watered, weeded, tended and I am sure more than one gardener prayed. Now they are enjoying the fruits of their labor. To be sure, those who planted beans are reaping a harvest of beans. You can’t plant beans and expect to get corn. You reap exactly what you sow. One corn seed will produce a plant that has multiple ears of corn. You reap more than you sow. Imagine planting one tomato plant and only getting one tomato. That would be disappointing.
God reminds me this morning that life is a lot like a garden. You do indeed reap what you sow. Whatever it is that you pour out is what you will receive back. You cannot plant one thing and expect to receive another. You can’t plant a few things and not expect to receive much more in return just like what you plant.
There are those of you who have spent a lifetime sowing faith, love and encouragement. As a Christian, you have sowed the Word into your family’s lives. You’ve tended, watered and watched over everyone waiting expectantly. Yet you have not seen much of a crop, at least in your estimation. You don’t see the harvest – you haven’t begun to reap what you sowed. You keep looking to the field of your faith and you wonder what happened? Did you plant wrong? Did the crows of adversity and trouble come in and steal your seeds? Maybe you didn’t plant enough. You want to blame yourself because you need to find a reason why there’s no harvest yet.
God wants you to know this morning that when you plant any seed of the Kingdom, there is surely going to be a harvest. Keep praying, keep sowing those seeds of faith, keep watching. Now is not the time to give up or stop tending the garden of life. God is never fruitless in production in your life. He’s never late in the harvesting. And He is always right on time with the bountiful supply of all that you do in faith. With Christ as the cornerstone of the garden of your life, you know that you can expect to see a harvest for every seed sown. Some things may need more watering in prayer with the Word and your word of faith. Your prayers of faith are all going to produce. The fruit of the Spirit are yours to bountifully reap as you plant them into your life and the lives of those around you. But remember, beloved, that God is the producer and it is in His time that your garden becomes a bounty of blessings and honors with complete answers to your prayers, hopes and dreams. The promises of God are true, fruitful, and bountiful.
Oh beloved, God loves you and He’s for you. That’s why He gives you everything you need to help you sustain the gifts and plantings of the Spirit, sown in love, full of desire and hope. Keep planting, keep praying, keep watching. Don’t worry when it looks like the winds of adversity or the hail of sorrows threatens to ruin your plantings completely. You belong to the Lord and so do your prayers. Just keep watching and you know you will one day indeed reap what you sow and more than you can carry as you live in the Light of His Word.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
2 Corinthians 9:10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Isaiah 31:16 Thus says the LORD, “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; For your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD, “And they will return from the land of the enemy.”
2 Corinthians 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Ruth 2:12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. NIV