“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”
We are like farmers in life
There is a law in life that we all must follow. Actually, there are various laws in life we must follow, like gravity. But there is a law of sowing and reaping. And, in many ways, this can be likened to the farmer.
Every spring, the farmer goes out, prepares his field, and drops seed in it. He waters the seed and he fertilizes the seed. For a while, he can’t see what is going on with that seed, but in time, the seed sprouts and presents itself on the surface. In time, that sprout grows to maturity, and for that farmer, he gets an abundance of whatever he planted.
Now, for the farmer, if he plants corn, corn must sprout; if he plants beans, beans must sprout. Likewise, we can liken the Spirit of God and the spirit of Satan to seed; whichever we plant in our heart, and, water and feed, is the one that will grow and yield us a harvest. We cannot plant a seed of evil and destruction and harvest a crop of goodness.
We only need to take a good look at our inner and outer life to see exactly what we planted. There is no escaping this. Likewise, if we don’t like the harvest we are getting, we only need to plant the type of seed that we would prefer to harvest.
What we must consider is that when we plant new seeds, just like the farmer must wait for signs of growth, we too, must wait. But as we water and feed that seed while getting rid of the weeds around this new growth, we will soon see signs of growth.
Satan wants us to work his fields
As we go about life on earth, we will be prompted by Satan, the enemy, to do his work. He may not necessarily come to us and say; “I want you to do my work,” however, he comes to us and plants a seed in our heart. This could be a thought of something negative or someone can do us wrong, and he will come along and remind us of the wrong that was done to us. It also could be a thought that tells us to do something to wrong or hurt someone else.
In this instance, we have a choice: feed it or weed it. If we choose to think about the thought and go with the flow of our emotion concerning that thought, we are effectively feeding that thought. However, if we say, this is a lie and we send the thought away from us, then we are effectively starving that thought. Anything that starves must die.
So, with this in mind, the enemy will keep coming to us trying to plant his seeds in our minds. For every wrong thing that happens to us in our family, our finances, our work, our social life, and even with our health, he will come and plant thoughts in our minds that are like seeds. He will remind us of how bad life is, that bad stuff always happens to us, and that God doesn’t do a good job of providing and protecting. The harvest we will yield from these seeds are decay and death as we can grow cold towards God instead of turn to Him in humble submission for help.
If you are unsure of what the “fruit” is that we will harvest from evil seeds, the bible tells us;
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
When you take a look into your life, do any of these seem familiar? Do you engage in any of these activities or possess any of these attitudes and characteristics?
The bible tells us that by living this life, instead of harvesting Life in the Kingdom of God, we will harvest decay and death, which is eternal life in Hell with Satan.
Jesus wants us to work his fields
Likewise, Jesus wants us to work for Him. Jesus comes along and prompts us with thoughts also. His promptings are things like this: do something nice for someone, be helpful, encourage someone who is down in their spirit, be generous, read the bible, worship God. We also have the choice to feed or weed these seeds.
As we water and feed these seeds, they will grow in us and soon, we will get a harvest. The fruit of this harvest is also described in the bible;
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Again, when you take a look into your life, do you see any signs of these? Do you possess any of these attitudes or characteristics?
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We must choose which field we will work
In the opening Scripture, it says that those who live to satisfy their sinful desires, or, those who live to please themselves, will harvest, or inherit, decay and death. The bible uses the term “death” to describe eternal separation from God. The bible uses the term “Life” to describe eternal fellowship with God.
We are given free will to choose what we will do with our lives. We can choose what thoughts we will listen to, how we will respond to those thoughts, and we can choose exactly what we want to receive as our harvest. Both Satan and God are battling for our souls. Both want us to spend eternity with them. But only one side can win; whichever we feed.
Yes, God is more powerful than Satan, but again, because of free will, He doesn’t force us. He will keep prompting us to do good, to turn from our ways, and to make good choices. But this is a choice we must make. It can be difficult to deny our flesh of the pleasures of the world (sinful desires), but if we make a choice for Jesus, His Spirit then comes into us and helps us.
With the Spirit of God in us, then we are powerful to conquer Satan. As soon as we realize that the devil keeps coming to us and planting his seeds in us, we can then weed him out of our life and be left with only a healthy crop of righteousness that takes root, sprouts, and grows into a massive harvest of Life.
We will all be judged according to how we lived; this is when we receive our harvest
“And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
We will all stand before God at the second coming of Christ. This is when Jesus comes back to earth to gather us all up. To those who planted evil seeds and raised up plants of destruction, they will reap a harvest of death. They will be judged according to the wrong they have done, and this means every single sin and bad thought will be counted against them, and they will be thrown into the lake of fire to be eternally tormented along with Satan.
There will be no second chances, no “but’s,” and there will be no excuses, such as; “I didn’t know.”
To those who planted seeds of righteousness, he too will be judged according to what was done. But for the follower of God, it will be different. Instead of being held accountable for all the wrong that was done, he will be held accountable for all the right he did.
The believer will receive rewards based on the good he has done
Jesus will give blessings and rewards to the believer according to the way that person lived. The more obedient he was and the more good deeds he did in the name of the Kingdom of God, the more blessings and rewards he will receive.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials – gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.”
When we get saved, we start new life. We start building on a new foundation, Jesus Christ. From that point forward, every good thing we do in the name of the Kingdom of God will build on this foundation. But we don’t have to do anything from this point on. We are saved and made right with God when we believe and confess Christ as our Lord.
However, on the day of our judgment, we will be judged for the things we did. So, if we worked hard and steadily built on the foundation of Christ, we will be well rewarded. If we only accepted Jesus into our lives, but never labored for Him, we will only get into Heaven by the skin of our teeth. The verse above says “the builder will suffer great loss.” This is because he will not receive any additional rewards in Heaven.
So, with knowing this, we have three choices: live according to our sinful desires and harvest eternal death with Satan in Hell; accept Christ as Lord and be saved and harvest eternal Life in Heaven with Jesus; accept Christ, gain Salvation, do good, and receive additional rewards in Heaven.
Our harvest comes down to the seeds we plant. What kind of seeds are you planting? What kind of harvest do you want to reap? You’re the farmer; it’s in your hands!
Life is complicated, but it’s also simple. When we realize that it all comes down to decisions and results, we can simplify it greatly. We only need to look at how our life is going to see where we need to give attention and make some changes.
When we start to understand that there is a spiritual battle for our souls going on around us and in our very minds, we can then look at the fruit we are producing, our attitudes, and then we can make changes from there.
Turning to Jesus and living for Him is the kind of seed we want in our fields. This is the type of seed that will result in a harvest of peace, joy, happiness, love, reward, and ultimately, Life.
Living a righteous life in this world right now where sin is rampant is difficult. We will steadily be tempted by the devil (also, by those deceived by the devil) to live according to pleasure and desire. What we have learned in this article is that this kind of living results in an inheritance of death, not Life in the Kingdom of God.
If you are on the fence about what type of life you want to live, and what kind of harvest you want to receive, I encourage you to spend some time learning about the deception of Satan on this world, the reality of Hell, and get a good understanding of how long eternity truly is. Both the torment of Hell and the rewards of Heaven are eternal; which do you truly want?
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