Another thing about harvesting a crop is the fact that it doesn’t make sense to put all that time and effort into it only to miss handle it once it’s grown causing it to ruin. A crop may not be able to self-reap but it can very easily self-destruct if it’s not harvested properly. Like anything we grow it needs to be properly harvested or we could lose all we worked so hard to produce. When my dad raises his hay if he bales it up before its dry the bales will get moldy on the inside. What good does that do him? None! What he has grown needs to be properly brought in and handled in order to benefit from the labor.
Our Christian lives are no different. It doesn’t make sense to put all we have into growing the crop God can be proud of only to let it self-destruct out in the fields it was produced in. Our talent or gift for singing, writing, serving others, helping others, speaking, teaching, and so much more simply gone to waste because we don’t handle the harvest from them properly. Picking them and storing them frequently and correctly in order to enjoy the harvest from them.
If you think about it when it comes to our Christian gifts or crops we aren’t the only ones that will benefit from them. For my dad the hay he grows is strictly for the cattle he raises and for no one else. However, with our spiritual crops they benefit not only us but those around us as well. In Leviticus 19:10 the Israelites were told not to glean their entire harvest because God wanted them to leave the fallen fruit for the poor or stranger who happens to come along.
**Next week I won't get to participate in Tuesday's writing because I will be at a Cancer Treatment of America clinic having my cancer evaluated. See you the week after that!