Posted by: robertartemenko | January 24, 2011

Everyone Grows Something – What’s Hijacking Your Harvest?

Last spring my pastor Josh Hanson preached on how, “Everyone is growing something.”  This statement is tied to what is called God’s “harvest law” as laid out in Galatians 6:7-9 ” Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Charles Stanley later that summer reaffirmed the same message, relating how farmers well know that planting beans won’t yield peas. The consequences of our acts align with their essential bearing, yielding themselves in greater quantity and impact than the original seed. Think, grain of corn ==> cobs, acorn ==> oak tree, or split atom ==> chain reaction.

The harvest principle is important to understanding the nature of our HugeGOD’s creation and how we live in it. Just remember your kid-life, the harvest law is in your bones. Did you go to bed at 8:30 pm, or goof off till midnight? Did you study or watch TV? … You can extend this easily to myriad questions regarding diet, climate appropriate garb or practicing to build skills. If you are the average Ozzie or Harriet, having grown up in a reasonably intact Nelsonesque home, and had acquaintances with dramatically different backgrounds, you’ve witnessed harvest dynamics.  While we should not get stuck micromanaging our every move, we should acquire principles and priorities of best practices. Remember, the thought is not “to harvest or not to harvest.” We are all growing something. Outputs define our character and our lives, our country and our world, and the destinies of each.

With the thought of being intentional about our personal harvest, what perspective should we have? May I suggest:

0) THEOLOGY – Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. ’ ” GOD IS … LOVE.

1) TRUTH – Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” CAREFULLY INTERNALIZE TRUTH.

2) TREASURE – Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” STORE LASTING  TREASURE.

3) TACTICS – 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” EMPLOY PRODUCTIVE TACTICS.

4) TRAINING – Ephesians 6:10-13 ” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. ” TRAIN FOR TRIALS.

5) TRUST – James 1:2-4 ”Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” TRUST TO COMPLETION.

6) THANKSGIVING – Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” THANK GOD ALWAYS.

7) TRIUMPH – 1 Corinthians 15:51b-55 ”  …but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” KNOW GOD TRIUMPHS.

To summarize:

GOD IS … LOVE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CAREFULLY INTERNALIZE TRUTH.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 STORE LASTING  TREASURE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EMPLOY PRODUCTIVE TACTICS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TRAIN FOR TRIALS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TRUST TO COMPLETION.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THANK GOD ALWAYS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             KNOW GOD TRIUMPHS.

No magic formula here. Certainly no guarantee for riches in this life. And, there are other good lists and exhortations to put one’s life on a positive trajectory. These elements though reflect sound principles and practices that can be used to take charge of what comes out of your life. They might also be a good diagnostic to help you and I understand why the composition of our life’s harvest is the way it is … because we are always growing something.

 
  
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  1. This blog is right on target. We are all growing something and unless we approach this with intentionality, we will have mixed results at best. I have a curio cabinet in the foyer to my home. In it are Bibles from past generations of my family dating back to 1873. By the grace of God I am the beneficiary and the harvest of generations of intentional planting. The thing that is interesting about this concept, is that EVERY generation must be intentional in pointing our children to The Way. This applies not only in the spiritual realm but also in the way we choose to pursue wisdom in living life.

    God bless you and I pray that God will bring the harvest you want so badly for your family.


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