Sermon

THE HARVEST IS RIPE GENESIS 8:20-22; GALATIANS 6:6-10

Introduction

Let me start this sermon on a prophetic note. Whether the world likes or not, you will prosper in Jesus name:

  • The 1st thing God did when He created us was to bless us (Gen. 1:27-28).
  • No power can reverse your blessings (Num. 23:8 & 20).
  • He is a realistic covenant keeper. His word will not return to Him void (Is. 55:10-11);
  • You are destined for a supernatural life (1 Cor. 2:9). 

It is Harvest Time.

God has already blessed us all. The celebration of the harvest is to thank Him for His incredible mercy, amazing grace and unmerited favour (1 Cor. 15:10). However, many people don’t understand the spiritual implication of this harvest. The 1st and 2nd lessons speak to us about the harvest.

1st Lesson (Genesis 8:20-22)

After the great flood, Noah built an altar and offered burnt offering on the altar to God. God was pleased and He made three (3) fundamental covenants/promises:

  • He will no more curse the ground for man’s sake;
  • Neither will He again smite anymore everything living; and
  •  “while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest …. shall not cease” (v21-22).

What is the Harvest

  • The physical or earthly harvest is when the corn become ripe and we gather it into the barn, celebrate and thank God for the bountiful yield (Matt.13:30).
  • The spiritual or heavenly harvest is when the believers are ripe, and Christ gathers them to His kingdom and eternal life (Matt.13:41-43).

CCC Hymn 429: Labour ye on and seek no repose.

2nd Lesson (Galatians 6:6-10)

The advice of  Apostle Paul  to the Galatians are in fact Principles of the Harvest as follows:

  • Provide for those in authority of them;
  • Whatever a man sows is what he shall reap;
  • Do good to all men, especially those of the household of faith.

What is the implication?

Despite God’s promises in Genesis 8:21-22, we know that a day is coming when God will harvest/judge the world (Rev.14:14-16). While the judgment results in deliverance for the righteous, it is calamity to the wicked (2 Thes. 1:7-10).

The Challenges of the Harvest (John 4:34-35).

  • The time is very short.
  • The harvest is plentiful.
  • The labourers are too few (Matt. 9:37-38).

CCC Hymn 553: The Judge of the world shall soon come.

Today there are choices placed before you:

  • To be righteous or to be wicked (Lev. 11:45; Heb. 12:14).
  • To accept Jesus as your savior or meet Him as your judge.
  • Now is the time for action (2 Cor. 6:1-2).

The choices that you are available to you have already been spelt out (Deut. 30:15-19).

As we prepare to celebrate the harvest, let’s us remember that:

  • God cannot be deceived (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
  • You will only reap what you sow (Gal. 6: 7-8).
  • God will only bless those who love and obey (John 14:15)..
  • Those who have absolute confidence and unshakeable faith in God (Heb. 11:1; 6; Rom.10:17; Matt. 17:20).
  • Those who are thankful (Psalm 50:23).

The wicked also shall receive the reward of their evil work (Col.3:23-25).

In closing: 

Think for a minute. Why should we choose to be eternally miserable when the offer of eternal joy is set before us?  

  • The patience of God towards sinners, although it is lasting, it will not be everlasting.
  • The greatest grace of God is the offer of free salvation to the worst sinners through Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17).
  • Have you truly accepted Him?

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