Topic: Harvesting Beyond Bread [Monday 30, January 2017]
Read: 2 Kings 4:8-17 (KJV)
8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great
woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft
as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us
set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick:
and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
11 And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.
12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been
careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest
thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she
answered, I dwell among mine own people.
14 And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
15 And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.
16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou
shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not
lie unto thine handmaid.
17 And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
Bible in One Year: Luke 9, Isaiah 26:20-27:13
To be a successful farmer, there are several activities you must carry
out in the right order. You have to get a suitable farmland, cut the
grass and fell the trees, make the ridges and therefore sow your seeds.
After sowing, you have to watch out for weeds that come to destroy your
harvest, and when they show up, you have to take them out of the way.
You have to also water your seed always. If you do all these, you will
get a bountiful harvest. All these are reflection of what you need to do
in order to get a bountiful harvest in the Kingdom of God. One
important point you need to take to heart is that after you have done
your part, God is the One who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).
Every increase that comes to your seed comes from God and not
necessarily from the soil. This season, the Lord will give you increase
in every good area you are sowing in Jesus’ Name.
However, what you reap will be determined by what you have sown. For instance, the young boy in John 6:5-13 did
not only give bread, he also gave fish to Jesus. If you give Him bread,
He will multiply it back to you. If you give Him more than bread, you
will also get more than multiplied bread. The boy gave the Lord bread
and fish, and at the end of the day, he got 12 baskets full of bread and
fish. One lesson here is that sowing and reaping is not the exclusive
preserve of adults. Teach your children to sow into the Kingdom of God.
Teach them to pay tithes on the gifts they receive from their uncles,
aunties and friends of their parents. They can even tithe their pocket
money as they go to boarding school or university. The earlier they
imbibe such Kingdom principles, the better for them.
Indeed, if you give the Lord more than bread, you will get more than
bread in your harvest. In our Bible reading, rich woman of Shunem
started by providing food for Elisha. She then moved beyond providing
bread to providing accommodation. When her harvest came, God went beyond
bread and took care of a long standing need in her life that she had
already given up hope on: her desire for a child. The seed she sowed
into Elisha’s life defied all scientific and diabolical reasons for her
barrenness and gave her a baby boy. God knows your needs –even your
deep, unvoiced needs. What are you giving to Him? If you are not yet
giving Him anything, start giving something today! Are you giving only
what you can easily part with? Take a step further today and sow
sacrificially. Your seed will carve out a path into the fullness of your
Prayer Point: Thank God for the body of Christ, the leadership and all that God is doing through His Church.
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