“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 KJV
Using the illustration of “the plough” is obviously a reference to how the Kingdom of God operates. Ploughing is the first step in preparing to plant seed and eventually reap a harvest. Too many of God’s people have “looked back” and given up on the promise of reaping from living by the principle of seed time and harvest. The greatest teaching Jesus gave us was a revelation on “sowing the Word of God” into our hearts expecting a harvest of divine life and blessing to follow in due time.
“And let us not be weary in well doing (sowing to the spirit); for in due season we shall reap, IF WE FAINT NOT.” Galatians 6:9 KJV
All of life is a result of the primary principle of the Kingdom of God which is “seed time and harvest.” Every living being is a product of this principle, the animal kingdom and all vegetation is the result of seed planting. God made two species, “male and female”, the male plants the seed in the female who produces a harvest in “due time.” Any other attempt to reproduce life is an aberration, a departure from what is normal, usual or expected.
“And he said, So is the Kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” Mark 4:26-29 KJV
The principle is universal and applies to all of life’s activities, words, and actions, as Paul clearly taught in Galatians 6:7b,
“…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
He is not talking just about money, but every action and word spoken will produce a harvest either of good or evil, blessing or cursing. To live in the Kingdom of God is to learn to live by seedtime and harvest, planting good seeds for a positive outcome in all areas of life. This means that we must follow through on the whole process by ploughing up the hard ground of our hearts, planting the seed of the Word within, watering with prayer and worship until the due time for harvest has come.
When I have sown the Word of God into my heart by “hearing the message”, the Word is still in seed form until I meditate on it and keep it in my heart and mind. When a “full understanding” of what was spoken is made clear by the revelation of Holy Spirit, faith comes and I am ready to reap my harvest. Understanding comes progressively as Jesus said, “30, 60 and 100 fold.” My understanding grows as I meditate on what was spoken, the seed produces a harvest of revelation, and I become full of faith. This is when miracles happen!
So what are some reasons that people fail to reap all the Word of God can produce in our lives? I suggest at least five of them.
- No Instant Gratification. The Bible says that through “faith and patience we receive the promise.” Hebrews 6:11-12
- Trouble Comes. Satan brings difficulties into our lives to discourage us and tempt us to give up prematurely. Mark 4:16-17
- Pleasures of Sin. Some “look back” to the momentary pleasure of sin to relieve the pressure of spiritual warfare. Mark 4:18-19
- Lack of Commitment. People who have never really surrendered their life to Christ to begin with but were just “looking for help.” Luke 9:57-62
- Spirit of Fear. Peter took his eye off of the Word and put his attention on the conditions, fear took over and he was in danger of losing the miracle. Matthew 14:31
As believers in the Goodness of God, let us not fall into these snares of Satan and fall short of reaping every thing Christ died to provide for us. Continue to live by seedtime and harvest and keep your moving forward, not looking back and you will see a harvest of answers in your life.