“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Ge 8:22
Every harvest, the usual bible passages are rolled out…
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. Henry Alford
The usual hymns arise…
Do we thank God for his promises and his provision? Are we able to glorify our maker and sustainer as we should? If we’re honest with ourselves, we know we do not. There’s something wrong with each and every member of the human race. Sin pervades our very being, disabling us from doing what we were originally designed to do – to glorify God.
Yet, even though sin polluted the world God had a plan, set before the creation of the world. He loved the world so much that he would redeem a people from sin, by the work of God the Son, who took on human flesh and went to the cross, through faith in the Son. This people have the righteousness of the Son imputed to them, and the punishment for their sin placed upon him. This people freed from the bondage of sin would be enabled by the Spirit of God to glorify God.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Mt 13:40-43
One day the Son will return. He who gives us a harvest each year will carry out his own harvest. He will gather up his people, those who have faith in him, and they shall have eternal life, and he will cast out the rest into hell.
What will be our end at the final harvest?
A man reaps what he sows. Ga 6:7
Not so much a rule to be kept, but a rule which is kept. It is a principle which no one can escape. If we seek to live a life devoid of God, where we seek to do our own salvation, we will fail. In and of ourselves, we cannot keep the law of God, those laws which appeal to our body, mind and soul, and the laws of God which are not for keeping but are kept come into play. For our nature is bent towards sin, and will bear the fruit of sin. If we sow sin, we will reap sin.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Ga 5:19-21
While we may not be guilty of all the sins listed, some are all to common. Yet, if we seek to live a life not only mindful of God, but dependent on his Son for salvation, and his Spirit for enabling we will bear different fruit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Ga 5:22-25
What are we sowing?