HARVEST Harvest BasketTIME

Summer is finally over and Autumn is here in all its glory. We are experiencing shorter days, cooler nights, and as we enjoy the last of our garden vegetables, we delight in the brilliant colors of the Autumn leaves.

With the coming of Autumn we automatically think of harvest time; and, of course we look forward to Fall Festivals and the joy of celebrating Thanksgiving with our families and friends. For the child of God there is also a spiritual Harvest Time which concerns the law of sowing and reaping. Now is a good time to ask ourselves, “what seeds have we sown for God this year, and exactly how do we go about sowing seeds for His Kingdom”?

One way, of course, is with our Stewardship; tithing and offerings; supporting our missionaries and outreach programs. Other ways are contributing to the local food pantries, clothes closets and other charity efforts; lending a hand whenever we see our friends and neighbors in need; visiting the sick and shut in; offering a word of encouragement when needed.

All of these are things we can do to sow seeds for God, and, He promises in His word to bless us in return. Of course, the most important seeds we sow as Christians are when we share our faith with our friends and co-workers and invite them to church. Whether we can do a little or a lot, God looks on the intent of the heart.

2: Corinthians, 9 tells us:

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)


Have a great October, and may the Lord bless your every effort for HIM!



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