Autumn is the time for gathering, while springtime is for planting. The summer months are for growing. The harvest time comes only after a season of growth.
Spiritual harvests follow a similar pattern of preparation by the planter. The farmer plans for a future harvest. For that to happen, preparation is a necessary priority—knowledge of planting essentials. Prayer and knowledge of how to apply the seed.
First, he acquires and plants good seeds (the right scriptures) wherever God opens the door. Then he cultivates the future crop by keeping the weeds of life at bay. God directs timely applications and attention getting circumstances to take place, The timely refreshing water of scripture and prayer nourishes the anticipated recipient. Then, the harvest comes after a time of waiting by the seed sower and the punctual provisions of God’s Spirit.
Like every other crop, there’s a small window for reaping. Too early, and the person is scared off or offended. Too late, their spiritual awareness hardens with the help of the devil. Knowing when to put in the harvesting tool is beyond most believers’ comprehension—but being dependable and accessible for God’s leadership will bring in the abundant results. Our dilemma is recognizing the spiritual harvest times and being cooperative with the Lord. When we do, our goal is achievable. The Spirit’s voice and our surrender to his leadership brings eternal results.
Honoring God’s leadership allows all believers, to participate in the harvest of eternity-bound souls. It’s our delightful privilege to be part of God’s breathtaking work of reaching our world for Jesus.