Like many authors, I have a full-time job besides my writing. Unlike other authors, I also have a part-time gig working on a cattle ranch with my husband. We raise Angus beef in addition to caring for a flock of hens, tending to gardens, and maintaining a greenhouse.
I’ve planted my orchard… twice. I’ve not had as much success on that one, but hope springs eternal that I’ll get it figured out.
I’ve also tried my hand at bees… who ran away… twice. So that’s still a work in progress.
With a resume such as mine, it’s a natural fit for this Christian author to explore Bible verses on harvest.
Having been a Christian my entire life, you’d think I’d have every Bible verses on harvest memorized. The awe-inspiring part of this life, though, is that we always have something more to learn. Let’s dig into this subject together.
What does the Bible say about harvest?
What the Bible says about harvesting is plentiful especially when it comes to bringing people in the kingdom. The topics addressed in scripture include:
· The harvest is enormous, and we need more workers to bring it all in.
· Our Personal harvest.
· The harvest is happening now.
Bible Verses on Harvest
1) Luke 10:1-2 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” NIV
When Luke wrote the above verse, Jesus was near the end of his ministry. He assigned seventy-two men to go ahead of him to the towns he planned to visit. They prepared the way for him to follow and preach this new message.
Before Jesus died and opened the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to live inside Christians, Jesus said there was already a huge harvest just waiting to be taken in.
How much more so does that message have meaning today? When we look at all the heart-rending events going on in the world, we see people everywhere searching for answers.
Water the Seeds
Today, since the Holy Spirit lives inside us we need to ask Him what individuals are ripe to hear the message of the Gospel. We need to plant seeds so some will take root and grow.
2) “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.” 1 Cor. 3:7
Our Personal Harvest
3) They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns; they have tired themselves out but profit nothing. They shall be ashamed of their harvests because of the fierce anger of the Lord.” Jer. 12:13 ESV
4)”Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6″7
We must examine our hearts and evaluate the harvests we construct in our lives. Did we start with a good crop but our motives got off track and now we have thorns Are we toiling but not producing anything of value?
We need to pray diligently that we aren’t producing thorns. Is grace and love growing in our midst? Or are we getting thorny?
Even though we are under grace and there is no commendation for those who are in Christ, it’s wise to have a healthy fear of the Lord, who loves us no matter how many times we mess up. Yet the Lord wants us to live a victorious life and is interested in the quality of our personal harvests.
But most of all the God wants to work with us to lead others to Christ!
5) “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9 ESV
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The Harvest is Now
6) John 4:35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. NIV
If you are a farmer, you know you must harvest when the fields are ripe or when the steer is ready to butcher. You can’t delay the harvest for when it’s more convenient for you. The job of a Christian is to be at work whenever and wherever we are. If God puts someone in our path who is ready to hear the message, we need to do the work God planned for us.
Joy in the Harvest
7)John 4:36 “Even now the harvest workers are receiving their reward by gathering a harvest that brings eternal life. Then everyone who planted the seed and everyone who harvests the crop will celebrate together.”
Jesus brought salvation to the Samaritan woman while the disciples were looking for food and they were so suprised Jesus wasn’t hungry anymore because he was filled with joy over the salvation of the Samaritan woman.
What is the law of Harvest in the Bible?
In Mark 4:1-9, we read the parable of the Sower. The place where the seeds landed was the key to success. As Christians, we’re commanded to do the work of Jesus, sowing the seeds of understanding.
We’re to prepare the soil of people’s minds. Jesus demonstrated this by giving, loving, and providing for the needs of the people before He told them why He performed these acts of kindness. Acts of love provide the opportunity to explain the why. Love tills the soil and prepares it for the seeds of the message.
These verses taken together remind us: there is a lot of work to be done, but there aren’t enough of us to do it. The act of filling a pew doesn’t cut it. We need to be out and about, tilling the soil through acts of service and caring for others, so that when the ground is ready, God can plant His seeds.
We’re told to evaluate our lives to ensure we’re on the right track. In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” I don’t know about you, but failure isn’t an option for me.
The law of harvest is clear. We are to sow seeds, love one another, and be ready to share the message with those God places in our path. But we can’t do it alone. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us strength. Let’s pray for guidance and wisdom as we step out in faith.
Read about Angela’s bee keeping attempt.
About the Author Angela D. Shelton
Angela D. Shelton, healthcare accountant during the work week, farmer in the evenings and weekends, moonlights as an author of the new and upcoming Collapse novels.
Born and raised in Erie County, Pennsylvania, Angela moved to Georgia just seven short years ago where she added the title of farmer to her resume. She lives on Two Oaks Ranch with her husband, Tom, two huskies, a dozen chickens, and a herd of Angus cows. Faith and family are her most important assets in life and in her writing.
Calling on her experience on her farm in small-town Georgia, Angela also drew on her husband’s military and law enforcement understanding, and her own healthcare connections to create her new series of books. The stories revolve around in a small-town Georgia family who turn to farming just in the nick of time to be self-sufficient when the supply chains in the world collapse.
Ms. Shelton is a member of the Christian Indie Publishing Association, the American Christian Fiction Writers, and Word Weavers International. The first two books in the Collapse series are available on Amazon now.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09SGG61LQ Collapse: The Death of Friendship
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z2VHHB5 Collapse: The Death of Honor
I’m so thankful for Angela’s guest post on Bible Verses on Harvest. Check out her amazing books!