This is the time of year that gardens and fields are eagerly harvested for the crop that was labored over all spring and summer. Harvest is a time of rejoicing. It is also a time of reflection. Finally, it is a time of planning.

Rejoicing is a term the scriptures use often when referring to spiritual harvest. It is a happy time of bringing in the fruit of many hours of labor. It is the joy of the toil. How terrible to leave the fruit of a harvest to rot in a field or garden. It seems such a waste, a very sad thing. But to pick, gather, and carry in everything that grows from a season of planting, is fulfilling and happy.

Reflection is a term you can use to thoughtfully think through your life seasons and determine what kind of harvest your life has been yielding. What fruit do you have to show for your labors? How has the provision met your own needs and the bounty been shared to meet others’ needs? Where have you found weeds and their fruit growing unwelcome? Perhaps you didn’t know those plants were even present. How can you produce greater harvest in future seasons? How can you keep your fields free of weeds that steal the resources needed by the desired crop? In what ways should you apply your time and energy to ensure a proper planting, growing season, and harvest yield?

Planning is a term critical to project into future life harvests. Motivated by the rejoicing of previous harvests and the reflection of what should be continued and what should be changed and how, you engage in the process of planning to be a fruitful steward of your heart and your whole life.

Whether rejoicing, reflecting, or planning, it is critical to remember your utter dependence on God. 2 Corinthians 9:10 says, “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” Partnering with God for harvest is the only way to grow a crop that will affect lives. Perhaps you are tired or discouraged. Take encouragement from Galatians 6:9. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” It may give you courage to meditate on Hebrews 12:11, which says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

The scriptures have a lot to say about harvest.

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