Your Harvest Has a Due Date – Galatians 6:9
Your Harvest Has a Due Date
Did I mention My Wife is Pregnant?!?
As I think about things that have due dates, I suppose that the first thing that comes to mind is my wife who is currently about 2 1/2 months along with our 3rd baby. (Woot! Woot!) Code named ‘Wonton’, the next bundle of joy entering the Binns’ household has a due date of April 4th, 2014.
I’ll spare the more explicit elaborations, but this baby is a direct result of sowing and reaping. (can’t help it… I laughed like a teenage boy) Anyhow, the point isn’t so much about where babies come from, but that it has a particular due date.
Once the process has begun, there’s no going back. My wife has already told me at least 5 times, typically right after throwing up about 3 times, that she has decided she doesn’t want to be pregnant. Of course, she says everything that comes to her mind – part of the reason I love her – and most of the time at least, she really does want to be pregnant.
But… at this point, what she does and doesn’t want are pretty much immaterial. Her harvest (our harvest) has already been set in motion with a specific arrival due date. It’s on it’s way, and we’re not going to do anything to mess it up.
Other Due Dates…
It took about 2 more seconds of thinking about due dates before my eyes drifted over to my file system where all of my bills are meticulously organized and stored. Each one of them has a clear bold print blazing off the page like an angry gym teacher with a megaphone screaming, “DUE DATE”.
This due date is something that I owe someone else because of what they have given to me. ..electricity, water, auto insurance, etc. They sowed into my life these services, and now I owe them a harvest.
As part of our agreement, their harvest (payment) has a due date. As long as I want to keep that agreement in good standing, I’ll give them their harvest on time, every time.
Don’t Grow Weary
This post, in part, was inspired by a reader of my blog who has been walking through a long season in life where he is sowing much, but the due date of his harvest seems to be something that just isn’t happening.
I’d like to encourage him, and you, today with this promise. Your harvest has a due date!
As my pastor says, “Every deed is a seed, and you’re sowing for where you’re going.” Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
Every time you give selflessly, you’re planting a seed for a better future, and God sets a specific due date for the resulting harvest. He gives the increase, and He always pays on time.
It might be nice if we knew when our due date was and what the harvest would be, but that just isn’t the way it works. Like everything in God’s kingdom, it operates by faith. We must actively guard ourselves against doubt, fear, resentment, and other attitudes that have the potential to abort or derail the very reward that we hope to receive.
The beauty in the process though is that our faith never shines so brightly as when we continue to give even when we see no reward, and the love of Christ is never displayed so perfectly as when we continue loving even when it is costing us much.
I promise you today, and more importantly, God promises you, that your harvest has a due date.
Don’t give up! Keep shinning! You’re closer now than you’ve ever been before, and you’re beginning to look a lot like Jesus.