When you have been working for the Lord day and night, for what seems like ages, spreading the seeds of life and light to anyone who will listen. Do not be weary or be discouraged if you are not seeing much fruit from your labor. Kingdom work takes much time to see a harvest.
Remember the old saying, “good things come to those who wait.” I will add to that, “it also takes hard work, endurance, and dedication to produce a good harvest for the Lord, the Master of the field.”
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29
Think of what it takes a farmer to farm his land. First, he chooses the crop he intends to grow. Then he cultivates the ground, plowing the weeds under, and softening the soil to prepare it for the seed, throwing out the rocks that get in the way. After that, he sows the seed in good soil. Then there is a waiting period when the rains must come and the sun must shine, to water and warm the seed. A period of time has to go by for it to germinate and then begin to grow roots.
The stake grows up and puts out leaves and branches. As well as the summer storms come and go as the plant continues to grow. Then the flowers appear where the fruit will eventually be. Over a whole season, the plant has to develop properly so the fruit can ripen to maturity. It is a long process that takes hard work, time, and patience. Only after all the steps are completed, can you finally get to harvest the fruit.
So what seed should we use to save the souls of mankind? That has the power to germinate in the heart and grow to salvation in the soul. That would be the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which has the power to save?
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, Romans 1:16
We should all be sowing the seed of the Gospel in the hearts of man. When Jesus spoke of sowing the seed of the Gospel, He used a parable about a farmer sowing seed on the earth. There are always good reasons why He uses such practical illustrations. That we may clearly understand what we should be doing.
Jesus said, “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 13:3-9
Did you notice that only the seed that fell on the good soil came up and yielded a crop? It is very important that we learn a lesson here. If the ground is not plowed up first it will not give a harvest and if a heart is not humbled it will not turn and repent of sin. But what will humble the soil of the heart of man? The Apostle Paul told us. It is the Moral Law, the Ten Commandments, and the precepts of God.
Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24
It is quite simple. Unless someone understands that before God they are a lying, thieving, murderous, adulterer at heart and that they will be judged by God and found guilty of all their sins, the seed will not survive. They will never humble themselves and see the need for a Savior. If they don’t personally see that they are a sinner and deserve God’s Wrath. They will not fear Him and fall at His feet, repenting for their sins.
Getting back to the seed. Now, the time has to pass once the Gospel seed has been planted in the heart of the unbeliever. It must be watered by the Word of God, conviction from the Holy Spirit, and perhaps another preaching of the truth of Jesus.
This period of time might take years and it is accompanied by shame, guilt, remorse, sorrow for sin, and more. The roots of the Gospel must grow deep into the soul and be firmly grounded before the green plumage of a Christian can grow high and strong.
Now the plant is growing and sending out branches and leaves to soak up the sunlight of the Lord. Following and learning how to hold itself up and develop its structure in the righteousness of God.
Once it has grown the scorching sun, winds, and storms come. Bringing tests, trials, and tribulations to blow and press down on the poor new Christian. But this strengthens its roots in the Lord and because of this, it grows ever stronger. Those who are firmly grounded in the Lord will not break under the strain.
These hardships only cause a believer to cling that much tighter to their Lord Jesus and learn the lessons that He desires them to learn. Through this phase, God is purifying His chosen people into His image. Preparing them for the next.
And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people; and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God. Zechariah 13:9
Finally, after all this, they are ready to produce fruit. The evidence of a true believer in Jesus Christ. They will produce the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Then through those fruits, they will produce seeds in themself and they will scatter them out to bring many more to the Lord. They will have that deep desire to bring others to the cross of Jesus Christ so that they too, can be saved.
You see that it takes a long time from choosing to sow the seed of the Gospel until there is proof of the harvest. Don’t look at your work for the Lord and think it is not producing a harvest. But remember God’s promise, “you will reap what you sow.”
Just like a stake of wheat starts with a single seed but produces many more. You can produce thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold just as the Lord has said. The seeds that you sow can multiply into a future harvest that will be far beyond what you could have imagined. The more you sow the seed of the Gospel the more you will reap back when it is time for harvest.
Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38