Harvesting is the process of gathering a ripe crop from the fields in a season.
1 Corinthians 3:9 reads: For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
John 15:1 states: I am the vine, and my father is the husbandman.
God the Father is the husbandman meaning he is the master of the house (god’s building) the man of the soil. 1 Corinthians 3:9 instructs us to labor with God, meaning we are to work with him to help harvest fruit in season. It also states we are his husbandry; to help in the cultivation and production of the crop. Also known as what we call discipleship. No one should look for a harvest unless he has plowed and sown his ground. What have you done to labor with God for the harvest?
We must first look at the field or land differently, through the eyes of love for others. The fruit of the spirit in operation in our lives causes us to look at the field differently. When considering the field (church), I have been given the responsibility of helping to plow and sow, I had to ask myself, “What have I done to help cultivate the land (church) for the harvest?”
· Have I cultivated with prayer and fasting?
· Have I cultivated by decreeing and declaring god’s word?
· Have I been to battle against unseen enemies?
· Have I petitioned the lord to till up the fertile ground and remove the rocks of destruction off of families, friends, and communities?
· Have I asked God to anoint me and give me the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification and building up of the body of Christ?
· Have I asked God to send a harvest in due season?
· Have I prayed for God’s shepherd/pastor, his family, and his ministry?
We must remember it takes work to harvest the fruit. We must choose fruit perfected for the consumption of others.