Updated: Jan 20, 2019
This was originally written in 2013.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 KJV).
“ A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” (Ecclesiastes 3:2 KJV).
Farming has never been easy. I am certain that it is one of the most challenging occupations in the world. A farmer sows on a land which is legally his or given to him. A responsible farmer who sows 100 seeds has a higher probability of reaping more harvest than he who sows less. Later, the harvest that the farmland yields is for the farmer of the land, not for the notorious town thief or the farmer next door. This is one of the basic activities a farmer can do and as much as it sounds simple, it is very complicated.
The principle of sowing and reaping is undisputed when applied to all aspects of life. Indeed, we reap what we sow. Many Christians unfortunately do not adopt this principle in their lives. Some Christians never plant yet they expect to reap a forest of trees. Others who undergo the first process of sowing also make it the last step to harvesting. It surely does not work that way. Between sowing and reaping are several processes.
Of course, a good farmer does not sit idle in the day looking at the sun and in the night counting the stars in the sky after sowing. Actually, pro-sowing involves certain commitments and difficulties. Traditionally, when people want to sow, they would seek for their deity's approval. Then they would pray and sacrifice to ensure a bountiful harvest. Many Christians fall in the trap of the good idea and not the 'God' idea. Some of us hardly seek the face of God before we get our seeds, rakes, hoes, machetes, and other equipment for sowing. At the end, we buy non-viable seeds and they never germinate. We get the wrong motivation and resources for doing the right things and their work never produce any good results. Also, without seeking God's back-up, some of us never get to know the right time to launch into our destinies. A farmer sows at a particular season of the year which gives more favorable conditions. There is time for everything under the sun as Ecclesiastes says.
When a farmer starts to sow, he puts in a lot of strength. A good farmer puts in great diligence. As I said in the beginning, farming is a hard occupation. Every good farmer is knowledgeable about the methods to ensure a successful harvest. They tend to know the processes, hindrances, disappointments and achievements in farming. However, some Christians are ignorant of the composition of their lives. When we begin to take course without much or no knowledge and the reality of our destinies begin to unfold, most of us give up. While a few are aware of the challenges in the course, part of this few choose not to recognize some useful peripherals. We opt for shortcuts and avoid the energy-draining part. A farmer who wants a harvest and a plentiful one cannot achieve that without sweating.
We cannot be farmers if we fail to do the work of a farmer. We cannot reap much if we do not sow much. We cannot harvest what we have not planted. We cannot live sluggishly and expect riches. Before a farmer sows, he is passionate and optimistic because he knows his God has got his back. After he sows, his determination, hard work, perseverance and prayers maintain the farm. At the end, the joy the yield brings is greater than the burden that came with sowing to reaping. It is better if we lose the good things to get the best of things.