Updated: Jan 4, 2020
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
I have always found it exciting when God uses us to do His will. There is nothing better than walking up to someone with full assurance that the Lord will carry the conversation. It is absolutely amazing when they hear the words the Lord gives us and they accept the gift of salvation right then and there. Unfortunately, this is a rarity while planting seeds.
As we try to spread the Gospel throughout the world, we must have the patience of a farmer. The farmer knows exactly when to sow and when to reap. There has never been a farmer that sowed his seed expecting the crop to be fully grown the next day, we only see that in fairy tales. The farmer first plants the seed, then he watches over that seed, watering and protecting it until it is ready for harvest. Is this the same patience we show in spreading the Gospel?
Do you have a friend that you are continually witnessing to without any fruit? We have all been there, and it is very easy to grow weary in that endeavor. We are called to continue watering that seed until the day comes when that person is ready to fully accept Christ. As different crops take varying times to grow, so does the witnessing process. We must be a patient farmer when it comes to the crop the Lord has given us to tend, knowing that every crop has its season.
The one difference between farming and witnessing… sometimes we do not get to reap the seeds that we planted. That can be very frustrating but, if we plant in faith, in faith, we must allow the Lord to harvest with anyone He sees fit. Our job is not to worry about who gets credit or how the growth happens, our job is to be willing planters, and praise the Lord when the harvest matures, no matter who collects the fruit. After all, the harvest belongs to the Lord, we are just tending His fields.
Go forth today planting seeds along the way, not worrying about how long the harvest may take. Keep planting, keep watering, keep protecting, allowing the Lord to bring in the harvest at His most perfect time… never growing weary in the Lord’s work.
Matthew 9:37–38 (NKJV)
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
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