James 3:18 And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
As the Harvest begins, have you ever thought what leads to a good harvest? Of course you have, for no one wants a bad harvest. We know about the sun and the rain, the seed and the soil, and all the others who wish to claim credit, that it was their contribution that made the difference. It can be kind of a noisy group, all claiming me first, if it weren’t for what I did, it wouldn’t be as good. And amid all the clamor, sometimes we loose sight of who really does give the harvest, and where it comes from. God doesn’t advertise, or have field days, or test plots, or harvest dinners, not in the ordinary sense. God is at work quietly, but he is the one responsible.
Everywhere we turn there are lots of people sowing wind, sometimes we say they are full of hot air. Their eyes are not on righteousness, but on things like wealth, power fame, fortune, pleasure. And the chief thing they are concerned about is being happy and having their own way. They try to live following the motto: God helps those who helps themselves. They live by the world’s version of the golden rule, do unto others before they do it unto you. Scripture has told us that their god is the belly and their end is destruction, yet, for a brief time, it seems that these wicked people prosper in the world.
What does it prosper a man if he gain the whole world, in exchange for his soul? What can one give in exchange for his soul? That is, if you turn from Jesus, where else can salvation be found? And if Jesus is the only name given under heaven among men in whom we can be saved, is there any hope for those who turn away from Him, and his give of salvation?
There are many loud boastful people, and they do get noticed, but that is not the measure of success, it is not what really matters.
Galatians 6:8For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Rather:
Matthew 5:3-9"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
The children of God are peacemakers, and they sow in peace, not with horns, not with fanfare, not concerned with the things of this world, but with their eyes on their savior, moved by the love with which Jesus loves us, they act in love, planting the pure word of God, so that the seeds might grow and flourish, and lead to a great harvest of souls.
But souls don’t fit in silos, they are not traded on the mercantile exchange, but they are very much about a futures market. But the story, is not about the children of God, or their work in sowing or reaping – but it is about God who gives seed to the sower, and who causes the send to grow, and who give the increase, and who guides the harvest.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7,10The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
If there is a general lack of righteousness in the world, is God not calling us to work for him, planting seeds, tending crops, and helping in the harvest? The offering we bring in thanks to God for our salvation, and for all the other blessings, are also a token of our commitment to the work of bring the gospel to the lost and perishing.
James 3:18And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Matthew 9:37-38Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."