by Pam Bender
A Time to Sow and a Time to Reap
It’s October, which is a wonderful time for our family. We are in the agricultural business and its harvest season. It’s an incredible thing to consider reaping a harvest. Farmers work hard in the spring to prepare the soil for planting seeds, then plant the seeds. Throughout the growing season, they fertilize and water their fields to give the seeds the nourishment they need. In the fall they reap the rewards of their labor. In our modern times, the sowing and reaping are done with the use of tractors and farming implements, but the formula (or pattern) remains the same. You plant seeds, tend the fields, and reap more than you sow.
Have you ever enjoyed watching wheat sway in the breeze? Or heard corn growing in the heat of summer? How about tasting bread made from that wheat or enjoying sweet corn dripping with butter? Yes, its wonderful! We enjoy the “fruits” of our labor (or someone else’s). But what if they didn’t reap the harvest after its been planted? Or how about not planting at all? The consequences would be dire.
Now let’s consider this spiritually. What if we never plant the seeds of the gospel in the first place? What if the harvest is ripe but we don’t spend the time harvesting? Why does it matter? It should matter to us because it matters to the Lord. Sin entered the world through the rebellion of Adam and we needed a Savior to redeem us from eternal separation from God. We know that Jesus is that Savior. But what if someone had not “planted” the seeds of the gospel in our lives? Would we be a fruitless and barren land? What if someone hadn’t asked us if we had ever asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and led us to the Lord in prayer…reaping the “harvest” of our personal salvation? Those consequences would be even more dire.
There are so many scriptures in the Bible that reference reaping and sowing. In Luke 10:2, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” In Ecclesiastes 3, King Solomon wrote: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…” And in Proverbs 20:4, a sobering word says, “Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.”
Jesus said in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” This is something the Lord expects from each of his followers. We all have a part in sowing and reaping. When I was a child, I lived down the block from an older couple (Mr. and Mrs. Quick) who were about the age of my grandparents. They had a big, beautiful weeping willow tree in their front yard that we loved to play under. I don’t really remember a lot about them, but there are two very important things I do remember. They were loving and kind. And occasionally, they would give us a Christian tract. In the whole realm of things, this may seem like an insignificant gesture, but I’m in my mid 50’s and still remember this. Their small Christian tracts made a significant impact in my life.
Did I immediately give my life to Jesus after reading the tract? I wish I could say yes, but sadly, I didn’t receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior until I was 29 years old. Did Mr. and Mrs. Quick ever learn of my salvation decision? I doubt it. We moved away from that neighborhood when I was 13 years old and lost contact with them. They sowed but didn’t see the fruits of their labor. However, the Lord of the harvest made sure to water the field of my heart so that their labor wasn’t in vain.
I encourage you to build relationships with your neighbors and share the love of the Lord with them. Pray for a “field” to sow, share a Christian tract with them, give them a note of love from Jesus or an invite to church. You may not see a harvest right away, or in your lifetime, but I can attest that it can be a part of someone’s journey to salvation through Jesus. I can’t wait to see Mr. and Mrs. Quick one day in heaven and share my testimony with them! And, I can’t wait to see the impact my life has been for the gospel in someone else’s life. How about you?
If you're visiting our website for the first time, welcome! We're so glad you stopped by. My name is Laura, and I'm the wife of Dave Powell, the site's creator and go-to guy. While my husband began the journey of studying how creation, science and the Bible work together many years ago, I didn't think it was quite as important as he did when he first began.
For me being a Christ follower had nothing to do with the age of the earth, if evolution mattered, or if Noah's flood was just a story or true history. I believed, and still do, that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again and that we have eternal life in Him. That, to me, mattered. Rational evidence about proving Genesis to be a true account of our human history did not.
I watched our young son one weekend a month while my husband went to classes to earn a pastor's license, and I begrudgingly watched him sign up for a master's degree in Biblical Creation Apologetics. Years into his journey, I was still unconvinced that this type of ministry was needed. I didn't tell him that aloud, although he could sense I wasn't completely on board.
It wasn't until we went to an Answers in Genesis conference in the fall of 2012 where I heard a speaker explain that people who believe in long ages of the earth put death and destruction (humans, dinosaurs, or animals dying) before the fall of Adam and Eve (the sin of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), and that deflates the Bible's accuracy. It was with this statement that I began to realize that different theories about how the earth was formed had consequences on the reliability of the Bible.
I began to learn with new eyes and ears, and absorbed more information on how a literal, 6 day creation could be possible. Still, in my heart, I didn't think that many people struggled with questioning their faith in God because they couldn't figure out if the book of Genesis was true account or just a story. To me, everything central to faith needed to be Jesus, and His transforming teachings.
Then, I read an article about a popular, Christian music group who questioned the Truth of God's Word because the book of Genesis didn't seem to them to be able to be proven to be true. I started reading more stories about children, and adults, that questioned God, and their faith because they needed answers to their tough questions, not just about Jesus's life, but Old Testament history.
While I personally am not hard-wired to think scientifically, or need alot of rational evidence for my faith to flourish, there are many, many people who do. Just this week I heard a person on the radio say he came to know Jesus as the Christ because rational evidence for questions he had was first laid down, his disdain for Christians was removed, and the viability to believe was possible. Then, the light was switched, and He believed. God made us uniquely, with different bents and learning styles.
This ministry was a glimmer in my husband's heart before it became a passion of mine, but together we do this journey now because we both see a purpose in helping others come to know the reliability of the Word. You may be visiting today and have questions. We love them! Please contact us with any type of question you have regarding faith, science and the Bible, or how the Bible can be true. We hope to post many videos, resources and blog entries answering common questions people have so you can have more rational evidence for the faith you are seeking.
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