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We all want the rewards and abundance of a harvest. However, harvests don’t just happen on their own…they require work! Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matt 9:37). What do we need to do to be harvester for Jesus?
A good harvest starts by planting seeds. We too need to be planting seed…seeds that are worth planting.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:4-7
We need to start by getting our minds right before the Lord. Think about things that are praiseworthy! How much time do you spend focusing on important things?
Next, we need to be praying. We don’t have to look very far to see people and situations that need prayer.
Finally, put into practice what you are learning. Before a game, coaches will often say, “it’s game time.” It is truly “game time” in our walks with the Lord. Stop just listening and start DOING what God has asked you to do!
Avoid Rot in Your Life
Anxiety can lead to rot in your life.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matt. 6:25-26
We need to remember that God will take care of all our needs.
Next, we need to get rid of bitterness in our lives. Bitterness can sneak up on anyone. It will prevent us from doing the work of the Lord.
We will not see fruit in our lives if we don’t deal with bitterness and anxiety! We deal with them by praying and surrendering the situations to Jesus.
Be a Blessing to Others
“When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.” Deut. 24:19
We need to take care of the poor, widows and those in need. Don’t wait for others to do it!