Calling In Your Harvest
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart…,”. Gal 6:9
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that in due season we shall reap if we do not give up. Elects who are so beautifully saved by water and the Spirit ought to know why we serve God. Is it for temporal benefits or more is involved? Job was accused of serving God for what he could get out of it at the present moment. Job 1:9 However, God knew Job would be faithful whether it was to Job’s advantage in the short term or not. Job 1:1-2:10
It is absolutely true that a life of righteousness will be rewarded but the primary reward comes to us when this life is over. Gal 6:9 teaches three important characteristics that is required by the elects for calling in their harvest.
- Elects Ought To Be Patient
Job is well known for this quality of character and it is essential for elects to possess it in these last days. Patience is the ability to endure, hold out, bear up and persevere. The person who is patient always takes the long view. Job was blessed for his endurance. James 5:10-11 When the nighttime closes in, elects must not forget the assurance that the Lord has given in the daytime. Patience is one of the great biblical virtues when elects are to call in their harvest. Heb 6:1-12; Heb 10:35-36 Jesus said by our patience we must possess our souls. Lk 21:19 Elects ought to know that by our endurance we will gain our lives.
- Elects Ought To See Themselves As Farmers
Those who work with living and growing things often know the most about patience and trust. Farmers get their reward only at the harvest, so they must wait for long term results. The farmer continuously gives and gets nothing in return until the harvest. Imagine a farmer who resented his ‘ungrateful’ fields because he waited and asked for them and they never gave anything to him until the whole growing season was over. James 5:7-8 Farmers must be willing to trust the growing process that has proven itself in the past. The farmer must not lose confidence in agriculture principles that have proven their trustworthiness. Imagine a farmer who long before the harvest, got worried that the laws of nature might not work this year. Gal 6:7-9 Elects ought to cultivate both their patience and the trust of the farmer if they want to call in their harvest.
- Elects Ought To Take The Long View
The elects at NCCkl ought to ask themselves whether they want to take a long term view of God’s blessing of the rewards of the righteousness of faith. In short term, what they assume that is right might not always ‘work’ or be ‘effective’ by their standard of judgment. Solomon observed that in this life the race is not always to the swift. Ecc 9:11 Elects must not take on an accusing attitude toward God and His servants for their seemingly indifference to one’s personal carnal expectation. Exo 5:22-23 If elects do not have the patience to wait till the end of the story as written, we ought not to draw premature conclusions even if we feel unjustly treated. We must have absolute confidence in God’s grace and faithfulness. 2 Cor 12:9 ; Heb 10:23 Elects’ main emphasis ought to be on the end of the story. Heb 12:1-2 ; Col 3:23-24 Heaven is worth even if we are facing challenges and testing in the short term. 2 Cor 4:17 ; Rom 8:18
If Satan were allowed to take away one by one, the temporal blessings God has allowed us to have, how many would have to be taken away before we quit serving God? What does God have to give us in this life to keep us on His side? Is Heaven’s blessings enough? Job 13:15 ; Job 19:25-26 God can deliver us from hardship, disappointment and hurts but even if He does not, it is still worth it to serve and live for Him. Nothing should separate us from the love that we have received in Christ Jesus. Therefore as the Scripture says, let us be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord our labour is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58 Let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap if we do not give up. Gal 6:9