I just finished a great weekend with my friends at CitiLife Church in Deming, New Mexico. We had a great weekend as God’s grace continues to mature and grow His family of inheritance here. Thanks to all of you who came. It was a blessing to be with you once again. I look forward to the continued journey of life!
We are people of purpose and the actions of our lives serve the destiny of our journey. We live for the harvest and thus we submit all of the lesser realities of life to the testimony of all that God has determined to be the harvest of our lives. We don’t just sow seeds in the hope of reaping a harvest. We see the harvest; therefore, we sow seed. Blindly sowing seed is seed sown from unbelief. We must submit the lesser law of sowing and reaping to the greater law of harvest. I believe this to be the highest law, the fullest boundary, and the greatest liberty of the kingdom. It is the place where the end determines a beginning. It is where life mandates relationship. Harvest is the place where hope beckons life-giving decisions. A vision of the harvest mandates the actions of the process to that harvest.
If we are going to walk out the daily steps of the process of that harvest, it is essential that we understand the character, nature, way, power, and authority of the Author of the harvest. God is the one who gives the harvest for He is the Creator, the Supplier, and the Finisher of all things. To attempt to walk out the steps to the harvest by any other way than the way of God will produce results that are less than and even perverted from the destiny of true harvest.
The law of harvest requires the service of the law of sowing and reaping. The law of harvest must empower us to appropriate other divine laws of order. False things must be removed and true things must be cultivated in order to attain the goal of the completed fruit. The end result of God’s harvest is always food for others and seed for future generations. God wants our lives to be like trees. We must branch out to become sources of fruit that bring life to others and places that offer a touch of healing for the hope of the generations to come. I believe this is true for every harvest. The law of harvest is important, even when working a simple job or accomplishing menial tasks. The harvest may be a family environment or a seed supply for endeavors of life beyond our own lives. The harvest can never be simply to pay our bills. That kind of harvest is only eaten with a bitter stomach and carries the forever disappointing news of never having enough. The harvest that God has for us involves the vision that God has for the world because of us.
We often think of harvest in terms of thousands and abundance beyond our wildest dreams, but what if our harvest is to cause just a few to think as thousands and to see themselves beyond their wildest dreams. To cause one life to become the fullest life that lives to give life to others would propagate a harvest that would ultimately change the world. Blessing produces blessing, multiplying propagates multiplying, possessing secures possessing, and the influence of life fills life with life.
The harvest of my marriage is a ripe old age with my wife that has treasures of memories, discoveries, and values attained together. But more than these the harvest of Bonnie and I together is for our children and our children’s children to have the inherited substance of family life and abundance that becomes a treasure that multiplies to the generations to come. How many dreams came to pass because of us? That is a true question of harvest. How did the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God expand in the lives of those who came out from us? That is a question of harvest.
King David understood the principles of the law of harvest. His sights were always set upon the harvest. He did not live for himself, but for the generations to come. When he was faced with trouble, he could pray a righteous prayer of rescue.
Psalms 144: 10-11 The One who gives salvation to kings, Who delivers David His servant from the deadly sword. Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood—
Why did David pray the prayer of rescue? It wasn’t for his own need, nor was it for his own comfort. It was for that which was beyond his life and all that would happen because of his life.
Psalms 144:12-15 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style; That our barns may be full, supplying all kinds of produce; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; That our oxen may be well laden; that there be no breaking in or going out; that there be no outcry in our streets. Happy are the people who are in such a state; happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
True sons and daughters of God live to produce sons and daughters. The harvest is sons and daughters, therefore we must live to be fathers and mothers. True kingdom influencers live to export produce from barns and provisions from abundant flocks. The harvest is for barns and flocks to provide supply for the world in which we live, therefore, we must live to be producers and farmers of life. True harvest is to create a better world behind us than was before us, therefore, we must live to change the world in which we live.
I pray that you each get a vision for harvest and live your life to the fullest that even the harvest of pleasure would reveal the goodness and the kindness of God to the world you live in. May God inspire your dreams and your visions to be according to the law of harvest and may you be committed to the character, nature, way, power, and authority of Christ in completing the joy of life. Only being true to who He is will produce the harvest that He has for your life. May God inspire your thoughts.
Ted J. Hanson