Video: The Law of the Harvest applies everywhere

 

Wherever we focus our time + energy will grow— for good or bad. So, it’s important that we focus on the things we want to grow.

That’s the “law of the harvest” and it works in every area of life…

In this short video— pulled from the Advance Planner Workshop— we dive deep into the law of the harvest, that is, sowing and reaping. And, we see that it works in every area of life.

Once you see it, you won’t be able to “unsee” it.

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Sowing and reaping is a principle implemented on the 3rd day when the power of seed bearing plants were spoken forth by God (Genesis 1:11). You know the principle: like begets like based on something already inside the first of the “likes.”

Somehow, we've just assumed that “seed” only works in biology. However, “seed” is a principle of creation which works in every area of life.

This is what Moses meant when he taught “Whatever you put your hand to prospers” (Deuteronomy 15:10).

Here’s how it works…

✅ You reap WHAT you sow…

So plant the right thing.

✅ You reap it WHERE you sow it…

So plant it where you want the seed to grow…

✅ You reap MORE than you sow…

So, rest assured— for good or bad— your efforts will be multiplied!.

✅ You reap AFTER you sow…

So don’t delay. Start now. The sooner you sow, the sooner you the harvest comes.


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Now…

Look back at the list above. This is OBVIOUS in the realm of botanicals. But, we forget that it’s equally true in, get this, every area of life…

Think about it…

🤷‍♂️ How often do people sow long hours at work and expect to reap a harvest with their family? Then, they wonder why the family feels disconnected from them, even though they buy and provide and resource them well… financially.

🤷‍♂️ How many times have you seen couples who spend little to no time together, drift, and then separate after the kids leave the house…?

🤷‍♂️ How many people do you know who have sowed “intentions” instead of actions… and wondered why they didn’t see any fruit “manifest” in their life?

You see, in the same way that we reap what we sow when we plant it in a field, we also reap what we sow when we “plant” something in life. In order to reap relationship with your family, you must sow relationship. In order to reap results, you must reap actions— thoughts simply reap more thoughts.

 

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Again, sowing and reaping (the law of the harvest) is a principle of Creation— it works in every area of life. Nurture the seed long enough, and you will reap a harvest of the same thing you sow.

Notice “sowing and reaping” works in the following areas—

🌽 Grace— people who plant grace and extend mercy to others receive a harvest of it!

  • Proverbs 11:25, “…whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
  • James 3:18, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

🌽 Giving— people who give generously are entrusted with more resources!

  • Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
  • Proverbs 11:24, “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”

🌽 Goodness— we're promised that if we continue doing good, we will reap a harvest of goodness in time. This is why Paul encourages the Church to continue dispensing goodness.

  • Galatians 6:9, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.”


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Of course, the harvest always takes time.

(You always reap after you sow.)

There’s an old Chinese Proverb I learned from one of my friends. It goes like this: When is the best time to plant a tree?

The answer: Fifty years ago.

Alright, so we can’t go back in time. Shoot, if we went that far some of us wouldn’t even be here yet. However, each day that goes by and we don’t sow represents a day of harvest which we simply forfeit forever.

In order to harvest something related to your dream three months from today, you’ve got to plant something NOW…

And, of course, you've got to continue tending the field where you sow. No farmer invests time + effort sowing only to simply to walk away, wait a few months, then return expecting a harvest.

And no farmer expects to plant today and see a full-blown plant tomorrow. Somehow, we think dreams should be like that, though, that dreams simply manifest overnight. Such thinking represents the “lottery mentality” and not the “recipe mentality.”


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Though we cannot control the harvest (like a farmer), we can manage the cultivation process. We can faithfully do the work set before us, even the unglamorous and simple…

Small actions doing regularly, over time, have incredible results. So, we should never underestimate the power of simply showing up with our best selves and faithful tending to our field.


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Other links 

For more about this topic listen to the podcast at Listen at https://www.jenkins.tv/blog/harvest 

Download the free Advance Planner at www.Jenkins.tv/AP 

This video comes from the Advance Planner Workshop, also available at www.Jenkins.tv/AP 

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