Laws of the Harvest

A law is a “fixed regulation”, something that works all the time. A good example is the law of gravity. Just because I don’t fully understand it doesn’t mean it won’t work for me. If I jump from the top of the world’s tallest building, my ignorance of the law of gravity will not excuse me from its consequences, because the law of gravity is a fixed regulation. Similarly, God has given laws of harvest. No matter who we are, or what our background is, these laws work indiscriminately.

Law One: God established seed time and harvest

“While the earth remains, seed time and harvest … shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

It is important to have a basic understanding about farming if we want to understand how the kingdom of God works. The Bible was written in the language of farmers using illustrations common to farmers. Since we live in the digital computer age some may think that this makes the Bible obsolete. Not at all! Agriculture is universal. People in all ages eat food and food comes from the farm. People are still born today the way Adam’s first children were born. All food and every person ultimately come from a seed. So when the Bible speaks of ‘seed’, it really speaks to all times and cultures.

When Jesus taught the parable of the sower and the seed, He said that this parable is key to understand every other teaching. To put it bluntly; if we understand “seed time and harvest” we understand God’s kingdom.

Law Two: Plant Your Seed

“There is a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Ecclesiastes 3:2).

Jesus understood this in John 12:24, telling us that if a grain of wheat doesn’t fall into the ground (is planted) it abides alone. In other words, that seed will never multiply into a harvest.

Unplanted seed has its usefulness. You can eat it or use it to pay your living expenses. However if you want your seed to multiply it must first be put into the ground.

What is true for soya beans, wheat and corn is also true when it comes to love, friendship and finances. First we give and then we receive, “Give and it shall be given unto you.” (Luke 6:38)

Law Three: Money given to God is like seed

“…Remember this – if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much he will reap much.” (2 Corinthians 9:6 – TLB)

No one questions whether this is works or not on the farm. It obviously does. However, the Bible is not talking about agriculture here; it is talking about money seed. Money given to God takes on the characteristic of a seed. When we give money to God and His gospel, we will receive a harvest.

Law Four: Your seed must die

“…except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it abides alone.” (John 12:24)

Sometimes people give so that their gift will also provide them some personal benefit, maybe to help a family member in need. This is good and right. However it is not “seed- giving”. In the kind of giving I’m talking about the seed must die. It must become useless to you.

When King David approached a local land owner to purchase animals that he would sacrifice to God, the land owner graciously offered to give the animals free of charge. David would have none of it. His reasoning was “neither will I offer burnt offering unto the LORD my God of that which cost me nothing.” (2 Sam 24:24).

Why was David so adamant that the offering had to be costly? Because real giving only happens, when something of value is released and rendered useless to us. It is like the offering you give to the Gospel. You can’t eat, pay bills with it, or use it for a nice meal in a restaurant. The offering is dead to you, but it is alive as a seed in the kingdom of God.

Law Five: Your harvest size is determined when your seed is sown

The Bible is clear; if we give a little we will get little. The farmer who plants a few seeds will have a small crop, while the farmer who plants much seed will have a large harvest. Some may wish to wait until the day of harvest to decide how big of a harvest they want. It doesn’t work. The size of your harvest is determined at the time you plant the seed. If the farmer wants a big harvest, he needs to make that decision well in advance.

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s much easier to adjust to the problem of having too much than having too little. A wise farmer will always plant a little bit more than he needs.

I’ve heard believers suggest that they don’t need much. This may sound humble and even spiritual, but if you look at the nature of God, it’s more spiritual to desire more than enough than to wish that you will barely get by.

God wants us to enjoy abundance, not only to meet our own need. After all we are blessed to be a blessing to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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