Where is your Sickle?

But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mk. 4:29)

Could it be that many of us aren’t enjoying the harvests of our giving and serving because we don’t know what it means to ‘put in the sickle?’  From my observation, harvests don’t jump in the truck or run into the barn.  There is labor involved in harvesting and the greater the harvest, the greater the labor.

God’s blessings take many forms.  Some are visible and some are invisible.  Many of His blessings are opportunities that must be seized.  We may not even be aware of all of the harvests of opportunity that have found their way to us because they look like work!

Other harvests might be lost due to our untamed tongue.  “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” (Prov. 18:20)

Did you know that your tongue is not only a source of sowing, but also of reaping?  Recently as I was driving and praying I was asking the Lord about a perceived lack of harvests in my life in some areas.  I guess I was complaining.  The Lord spoke to me and said, ‘that is not my job.’ ‘Harvesting is your job.’  All of a sudden the light turned on in my spirit!  The harvests are all around us if we would but lift up our eyes, open our ears, bless the seed we have sown and then call in the harvests!

Those harvests may take various forms but if we are willing to put in the sickle of our words, our time and patience, abundance will find us.

And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Eph. 3:20)

Barry Bennett