Devotion and Prayer for Week of September 23, 2012

Meditation for the Week of September 23, 2012

 

It’s time for the Harvest!

Those of you who were raised on farms or in farming communities know what a special time of year the harvest was.  It rolled around every fall and it meant long days working in the fields and even meant some days off from school so everyone could help.  The harvest season also meant whether or not the family would make a profit, just meet expenses or have to borrow money until the next harvest.

This year due in a large part to the drought conditions here, the harvest is taking place earlier than normal and it is a year that a farmer will be doing good to break even.  As early as August some farmers gave up on some of their crops and just plowed them under hoping for a better planting year next year.  Of course the low yield from the harvest will soon show itself as higher prices at the grocery stores, restaurants and carry out places.  It is interesting that all of us, even those of us who have never set foot on a farm, are affected by the harvest.

Most of us think of harvest only in terms of food that appears before us at mealtime.  Whether it is fruit from Florida or vegetables from California or grains from Iowa and Nebraska, we think of that as being the harvest.  St. Paul in writing to the Galatian Christians speaks of another type of harvest. Here is what St. Paul says.  “Do not be misled-you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.  Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. (Gal 6:7-8)

I wonder how many of us have ever thought about the fact that we can harvest eternal life or on the negative side that we would harvest only death and decay.  Paul is speaking about the rewards or the harvest that we will receive at the end of our earthly life.  And Paul is speaking about how we live life in response to the Good News of Jesus Christ, his life, his death and his resurrection.  Salvation, forgiveness of our sins and the promise of eternal life is the gift of God to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  The evidence of whether or not you have truly believed in Jesus is shown in how you live your life.  And that is what St. Paul is telling the Galatian Christians.

If in response to your faith you have sown seeds of love, friendship, kindness and good works you will surely receive the harvest of eternal life.  If however, once you have heard the Good News of Jesus and not believed it and have lived your life being hateful, ornery, mean-spirited and focused only on pleasing yourself, you will not harvest eternal life, only death and decay.

Paul’s encouragement to all is to accept the good news of Jesus Christ and allow it to change your life to live and model Jesus in all that you say and do.  If you do that the harvest you will gather that of eternal life with Jesus will be the best harvest ever.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Lord God you are awesome and have provided for a way of salvation.  Even when we turned away and became disobedient through our parents in the Garden of Eden, you provided a way.  It was through the seed of your son, and all who believed in that seed, the seed of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, would receive the harvest of forgiveness, and eternal life. Help me Lord to be strong in my faith and allow me to show with all that I say and do that I am a brother or sister of Jesus Christ and will receive the harvest of eternal life when my earthly days are done.

Amen.