When discussing the harvest we must address the things that can “kill” the harvest. The enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy your life, and that even pertains to the seeds that you plant. Be watchful! As you work …. the enemy will be working against you.
In Matthew 13:24-30 Scripture gives us the “Parable of the Weeds” in which he stated that the
kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted the weeds did as well. The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ” (Scripture is paraphrased).
The explanation of this portion of Scripture is found in Matthew 13:36-42 (please read). Christ explained the parable further to the disciples which is very interesting. The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are those who are evil. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the times. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
This parable confirms to us that as we are planting seeds (both in the physical and spiritual realm), the enemy is also planting seeds to destroy our harvest. While we attempt to do what is right, the enemy solicits his agents to destroy our plans, progress and purpose. It may come in the form of someone speaking ill of you or discouraging you from taking next steps. There are other times it comes in the form of lack of confidence or knowing your worth. In kingdom work it comes in the form of possibly the Jezebel spirit within your congregation or moments of outbursts. Do not worry. Be still! The word of God will not come back to you void. As those things are sprouting up, it doesn’t matter! God will prevail.
The outcome remains the same. As we stand with Christ, although the enemy is attempting to destroy us – we have victory. Be submissive to His plan and process. His will over yours at all times.
My prayer is that this parable will minister to you, and encourage you to keep on pushing.
For His Glory Only,