The term harvest can be found in ancient Egyptian calendars. Based upon this geographic location in the Middle East, the harvest season coincides with the low water portion of each summer. The final season on the lunar calendar, the harvest begins immediately following the season of Emergence. While the weather doesn’t always cooperate with modern calendars, a typical harvest begins in the Spring and concludes each fall. However, this too varies depending upon the crop planted by farmers.
Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously [and be blessed]. 7 Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift], 2 Corinthians 9:6-7.
According to the apostle Paul, spiritual harvests are influenced by your degree of giving. Blessings are proportionally tied to what you put into life or the lives of others. Those who are consistent, disciplined and work hard will be rewarded with a plentiful harvest. Meanwhile, the lazy, lethargic and inconsistent workers will only get what they put into their trade. Thus, you can’t expect good results when half hearted attempts are made on a daily basis.
The one who is taught the word [of God] is to share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his spiritual and material support]. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap. 8 For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life, Galatians 6:6-8.
The size of your harvest depends upon two factors. First, your willingness to give of your resources, talents and time. God doesn’t want people to experience regret. Cheerful givers begin with an acceptable and reasonable tithe with an expectation that as God blesses you this amount with increase. The second aspect is based upon your motives. Are you self seeking, expecting something in return? Or is your inspiration for giving driven by the Holy Spirit? In the end, hoarders receive their harvest on earth. Those who seek God and his righteousness first will be blown away when the Lord opens the storehouse to heaven, Malachi 3:10. May 2018 yield a mighty harvest.
by Jay Mankus