Each Seed Has Its Own Season — Refuse To Be Weary, and You Will Reap a Harvest!December 2, 2015
This month as 2015 draws to a close and we specially celebrate the day of Jesus’ glorious birth, I want to share something that I believe will encourage you as you prepare to enter a brand-new year. Right now, I’m sitting in my home in Moscow in my chair where I pray for our partners and friends. The temperatures outside are freezing, and the ground is covered with snow. But as I look out the window at this “sea of white” and think of you, I am also thinking about harvest!
I am especially thinking about people who have sown financial seeds or seeds of service into the soil of their churches or good ministries that they help support. Or perhaps they have sown love, kindness, forgiveness, patience, or even finances into their relationships. I feel in my heart God wants to encourage those who have planted seed and are now waiting for a return, or a harvest, on what they have sown.
Especially at this time of year when we celebrate Christmas, I am also reminded of the Heavenly Seed God sowed into the earth — into all mankind — when He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). The Lord is still reaping a harvest on that Seed today every time a soul is saved.
God expects the law of sowing and reaping to work in our favor today — and He has given us the means to put this law into effect and to expect a fruitful return!
I want to talk to you this month about not being discouraged while you wait for your seed to grow and your harvest to be reaped. I’ll begin by telling you a story from my childhood that very vividly illustrates what not to do while you’re waiting for your expected harvest!
When I was a boy, I decided to grow corn one summer, so I carefully measured the rows along the backside of my father’s garage. Then I prepared the ground, and I meticulously planted the kernels of corn as seed. What a beautiful little garden it was, and I was so proud of it!
Every day, I’d hurry to that little patch of ground to see if anything had pierced upward through the soil during the night. When school started just days later, I’d run to my garden every afternoon when I arrived home to see if a corn plant had become visible while I was away. Then before I’d go to bed at night, I’d return to my garden to see if those seeds I’d sown were manifesting a harvest.
Days passed since I’d planted those seeds. Finally, I got so impatient waiting to see any results that I told myself, Nothing is happening with my seeds. I need to dig them up and see if they’re defective.
Then just as meticulously as I’d planted the seeds, I began to dig them up one at a time to see if anything was happening below the surface. By the time I was done, cupped in my hands before my eyes were all the seeds I’d planted — uprooted by my own hand!
What’s more, that pile of seeds had begun taking root, and tangled little shoots that had begun to grow in the dark — up toward the surface of the soil — were now exposed in my hands. There was nothing wrong with those seeds, but because I became impatient waiting for the “due season” of my fruitfulness, I completely spoiled my harvest. After all the hard work I’d done, I had dug up my seeds and ruined them.
The following year, I decided to return to the patch behind the garage to plant corn all over again — only this time, I was determined to wait for those seeds to produce. I had learned not to dig up my seeds before the time for harvest.
Finally the day came when I actually saw the tiny green shoots that, seemingly overnight, had pierced the soil and become visible aboveground. I was so excited! Day after day, I watched as those little shoots grew taller and taller. Everything about my corn-growing endeavor was going great until little Ricky Renner once again became impatient.
My cornstalks had grown tall, and ears of corn were already on the stalks. But it seemed like the ears of corn were taking too long to get bigger. I began to wonder, Is something wrong with this corn? Shouldn’t it be growing faster? I inwardly argued, Maybe insects are eating it below the husks. Or maybe this corn is simply defective.
Instead of staying on track and being patient, I pulled every ear of corn off the stalks and peeled back the husks to see what was happening inside. There before me were small, perfectly formed ears of corn with every part intact. But because I pulled those ears off the stalks too early, I ruined my harvest again.
Had I not given in to impatience, it wouldn’t have been much longer before I would have been eating ripe, fresh corn. What was most disheartening was that it wasn’t insects, the weather — or even the devil — that destroyed my harvest. It was me!
Those seeds of corn were working perfectly both times I ruined my harvest. With that thought in mind, let’s look at the apostle Paul’s admonition in Galatians 6:9, which says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” None of us wants to lose our harvest, so I want us to study some key words in this verse. We’ll begin with the word “weary” in the phrase, “Let us not be weary in well doing.”
The word “weary” was translated from the Greek word egkakeo, a compound of the Greek words en and kakeo. The word en in this case means to give in, and the word kakeo is a form of kakos, a word frequently used to denote something that is evil, destructive, or even unjust. When these words are compounded, the new word depicts one who is tempted to give up because he feels accosted by an evil, destructive, or unjust person or circumstance.
Have you ever tried hard to do what was right, but you felt crushed or continually resisted by a circumstance or person? Did that opposition cause you to feel tempted to throw in the towel?
In spite of the destructive forces that may try to rail against you or loom over your life — even if a truly unjust situation has reared its ugly head against you — God commands you not to surrender to the temptation to become weary and give up. He is the One who inspired Paul to write, “…Let us not be weary in well doing.…”
The word “well” in “well doing” is the Greek word kalos, which means good, but it would be better translated as useful. The word “good” is a very broad word, but when it is broken down to express this clearer idea, it becomes obvious that Paul was talking about not becoming weary in doing things that are useful.
This definition suggests that there are also “unuseful” works. And indeed, a lot of time and energy can be expended on activities that offer no benefit to anyone. But Paul’s use of the word kalos tells us we must focus on those works that are useful, with some type of measurable results. This also lets us know that what we sow should not only be financial seeds, but also good deeds.
The word “doing” in the phrase “well doing” is from the Greek word poieo and refers to any type of activity. It can even carry the idea of creative activity when doing a particular thing doesn’t come easily or naturally. In other words, if we can’t easily see a way to do something that is beneficial or useful, that is the time for us to get creative! God is looking for us to be consistent and productive with useful works.
It also must be noted that as used here, this word conveys ongoing, uninterrupted action. So we know that this type of “well doing” Paul described is not a one-time event, but rather a lifestyle of sowing seeds and deeds.
Now let’s look at the phrase “in due season” in Galatians 6:9. Paul promised that “in due season,” we will reap a harvest for our efforts. The words “due season” are the Greek words idios and kairos, respectively. The word idios — “due” — means its own. The word kairos — “season” — refers to a set time or season.
Thus, each seed sown has its own set season — or a specific, individual time — when it will produce a harvest.
Even if seeds of different kinds are all planted at one time, each has its own season to be reaped, depending on the nature of the seed. One seed produces during one set season, and another seed produces during another set season.
Therefore, it is a mistake to judge our seed and its time of harvest by the harvest time of other seeds, because each seed has its own unique, set time to mature. We simply need to remember God’s promise that if we’re consistent — if we steadfastly sow our seed and refuse to allow weariness to derail us — a time will come when we shall reap.
Maybe you have been trusting God for a heart’s desire to burst forth in your life, but you have become discouraged as you’ve waited between the time of the seed sown and the harvest reaped. I want to encourage you not to quit before you’ve received what you’ve been expecting from the Lord. You can rest assured that if you won’t give up, He certainly will not fail to perform His Word for you! Remember, Galatians 6:9 promises: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
I trust this teaching has encouraged you to refuse to be weary in well-doing as you confidently expect your promised harvest. As you continually sow useful seeds and deeds where God leads you to plant, you will reap a harvest if you won’t quit!
How can Denise and I and our team be praying for you this month? We pray for our partners every day, anyway, but we are especially thrilled when we hear from you about the things that are closest to your heart. It is truly one of our highest joys to stand with you in faith for the answers you seek.
We love you and thank God for you!
We are your brother and sister, friends, and partners in Jesus Christ,
Rick and Denise Renner
along with Paul, Philip, and Joel and their families