I recently read an article “God Can’t Multiply What You Haven’t Sown”, by Pastor J. D. Greear.  That article encouraged me about what I see happening in our Church.

Based on Paul’s teachings in Galatians and 2 Corinthians, Pastor Greear shares the five laws of the harvest:

Law 1:   The harvest is limited to the planting.  You can only harvest what you plant.  In other words, if you haven’t sown it, God can’t multiply it.

Law 2:   The harvest comes later than the planting.  Results take time.  What you sow today, you won’t see the return until the next season in life.  Sowing is all about the future.

Law 3:  The harvest is greater than the planting. The law of greater says that what starts small multiplies into something much bigger than what you began with.  Jesus talked about a harvest of 30, 60 and 100-fold (Mark 4:20).

Law 4:  The harvest is proportional to the planting. Plant one seed, and you’ll get one plant (hopefully).  Plant a dozen, and you’ll get a dozen.  Invest minimally in God’s kingdom, and you will reap minimally; invest greatly, and watch as God brings in a harvest you cannot contain.

Law 5:  We cannot do anything about this year’s harvest, but we can change next year’s. You reap today what you sowed yesterday.  The old proverb states:  The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.  The second best time is today.

We have some mighty good things we are harvesting from seeds planted years ago at JFUMC.  (Some are our women’s groups, Mission 5000, Sew-N-Sew, Sager Brown mission trips, etc.)  We are also seeing some new programs just breaking ground and coming up from seeds that were recently planted.  (MIA, our men’s group, Building Better Moms, Bible study classes, Lay Servant and Discipleship classes, our Youth education programs and our Children’s participation, as examples.)  We need to continue nurturing these areas.  Soon we will be planting new seeds with the renovation of our Nursery, getting to know our close neighbors, intentional outreach in our community, and growing in our discipleship care for one another.  (These new opportunities are for all of us to be a part.)

In remembering our vows, I think our part is joining together as the Church in our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness.  I am excited about what the future holds and what God will do to multiply His Kingdom through us, His Church on Main Street, Jacksonville!

Bart Gray

Lay Leader, JFUMC