As a family we watch a wonderful movie last Friday night called “Facing the giants”, from the makers of Fireproof and Courageous. All of these movies are wonderful and well worth seeing. Now I do not want to spoil the movie for you, but I am going to share one line from the movie that has struck an accord with me this week and also I have used it in a number of situations with various people because it really does get to the heart of living in faith.
“God provides the harvest to those who have prepared the field.”
If we think about it for a minute we realise that we actually have a part to play in God’s plan for the world and for our lives.
1Corinthians 3:9 tells us that we are more than people waiting for God to do something “For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building”. Harvest is a theme that is evident in the Bible; it is used to describe God’s activity, especially in the NEW Testament to describe the work of evangelism. Evangelism is an important task of the body of Christ, the church. There are 4 parts to this preparing for the harvest.
- Prepare the Soil. We live in an instant society where we do not understand the meaning of preparing and patience. However, preparing and patience are part of God’s plan.
- Sow the Seed. After we prepare the soil it no good to just leave it at that we need to plant the seeds of the gospel into peoples lives.
- Cultivate the Soil. Now for some gardener (like me), once the seed is planted they leave it. But that is not what good gardeners do and that is not what God intends. We need to keep the new seed free from that which will chock and stunt the growth.
- Reap the Harvest. There is a time to harvest. It we harvest too early then the fruit is not ripe, not ready. And if we go too late the harvest become over ripe and at worst rotten. To harvest, you need to keep an eye out for the exact time when everything is just right to harvest..
So let me come back to my original quote, God provides the harvest to those who prepare the field.