Some of us have yet to reap because we have not learned how too effectively sow. Beloved, there is a process to spiritual harvesting.
First, you have to know what season you’re in. You learn this by actively praying. For it is through prayer that you’ll learn if this season is yours to gain or grow. And planting well during your gaining season, will sustain you through your growing season. This is important for pastors/preachers too because we have to know the season of our churches. Preaching prosperity in a season of spiritual warfare hurts the people. Know your season. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.—Ecclesiastes 3:1”
Second, sow according to what you want to reap. I can’t plant mustard green seeds and then expect turnips. I have to plant what I expect to get. This is important for those of who you give to everybody’s ministry. You have to sow into places and people who are yielding at harvest time. Stop sowing into dead places! Check their harvest and if it isn’t yielding for them, what makes you think they can tell you how to grow yours? “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.- Mark 4:20″
Third, you need to sow multiple things. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 11:6, “Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.” What do I mean? Don’t just go to worship service. Plant seeds in bible study, Sunday school, personal prayer, devotion, time, tithe and etc. because what you don’t get from one harvest, you may just find in another.
Fourth, protect what you plant. The same way a good gardener will protect his plants from insects, animals and etc. is the same way we have to protect our seeds from doubt, anger, negativity, people who pimp your gifts and etc. You can’t just plant the seed of then leave because you might just find a patch of dirt when you get back. “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. – Proverbs 13:20”
Finally, don’t miss harvest time! It doesn’t stop at sowing. You have to water and tend to your harvest to ensure it isn’t being eaten by bitter backbiters, the insects of ignorance or being burned by the fire of fear, stepped on by the feet of feebleminded folk and being pulled up by perverted persecutors who’d rather see you perish. You have to stay woke for the bible says in Proverbs 10:5, “A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.”