Being a leader means standing fast when others want to quit. A leader takes people into territories of faith and the opposite of faith is natural sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Since sight is the opposite of faith, someone who walks a path of faith will likely encounter things that intimidate him or her on the journey. A leader must know how to press through in faith when natural experiences seem to threaten them. In Paul’s instructions to Timothy, Timothy was to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, compete as an athlete in a competition, and be as a hard working farmer in the field of purpose.
2 Timothy 2:3-7 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
Being a leader is to be a soldier in a war. At times a leader will feel threatened in their spiritual, emotional, and even physical life, but they must fight the battle to win. Being a leader is to be in an athletic race of competition and the race must be run according to the rules. This includes the training process, the physical fitness plan, and all the rules of engagement in the race. We do not just lead to lead; we lead to accomplish our task. We lead to be successful in our endeavors. We lead to win! Being leader is like being a farmer and one must work hard, but also be the first to eat the fruit of their labors. A farmer lives with the law of harvest and submits the lesser laws of sowing, tilling, watering, weeding, etc. to the greater law of vision of harvest. Like a farmer, a leader sees, believes, labors, reaps, and experiences the taste and benefits of the crops desired before the harvest goes to market.
In light of these things, every leader must understand what I call the law of harvest. I believe this is a spiritual law and it is determined in heaven and its benefits are seen in the earth. The lesser laws of first fruits, first things, sowing and reaping, gravity, density, and numerous laws of physics all serve this law of harvest. When we pray, “Let Your kingdom come, Let Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, we are praying according to the law of harvest. Harvest is how it is in heaven. Leaders must see things as they are in heaven in order to lead earthly people into heavenly realities. God wants for us to live our lives by the law of harvest, but most people choose to live their lives by the lesser laws. Most Christians think that living their lives by the law of sowing and reaping is the way to go. No true farmer lives by the law of sowing and reaping. A true farmer lives by the law of harvest and knows that he will have to also choose the law of sowing and reaping to serve the greater law of harvest. No farmer simply scatters seeds and hopes to get a crop. He determines what crop he wants long before he sows the seed. Leaders must do likewise in their role of leadership in the fields of Christ’s harvest. A farmer makes a determination in his heart and mind as to what the market demands, how many acres are needed, how much seed is needed, what soil conditions are required, what growing care must be provided, and many other things before he even puts a seed in the ground. The law of harvest demands the service of the lesser laws of nature. The law of sowing and reaping might mathematically say that 1+1=2, but the law of harvest says that if you want 2 you must get 1+ another 1. The law of harvest sees 2 before it demands 1. That is a bit simple, but it is a way of describing the law of harvest in mathematics.
Leaders must think thoughts of harvest, not merely ones of sowing. God has purposed for everything to end in harvest (Mt. 13:39). The end of every age is culminated in harvest. Everything about every age must serve the purpose of the culmination of that age. It must serve harvest. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. He didn’t just blindly hope everything would work out. He saw a harvest and then did everything to accomplish that end. He was willing to embrace the suffering of the cross for the great harvest that would follow. It is a kingdom principle and a spiritual law of heaven.
Let’s think about Biblical meditation a minute. Meditation in the world is a process of emptying our minds of everything to receive some form of serenity. Biblical meditation is to fill our thoughts with all this is of God in order to see the character, nature, way, power, and authority of God birthed within our hearts and souls. We choose to look at what God says and what He is like in order to receive a transformation by the metamorphosis of our minds. It is a principle of the law of harvest. We choose to see how it is in heaven and then we submit the lesser laws of our thoughts and lives in order to reap that heavenly harvest in our lives. Leaders must understand this principle well.
God determines the harvest before He determines the sowing. Our eyes have not seen, our ears haven’t heard, and our thoughts haven’t thought of the things He has prepared for us; but He has revealed it all to us by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:9, 10). This is the law of harvest. We know the end in our spirits before we can even know the beginning in our minds. We must choose to submit to this greater law of harvest in everything we do. I hope that I am challenging your thoughts. I am not attempting to answer all the questions or explain all of the details of the law of harvest today. I am simply seeking to provoke you to think according to a greater calling, purpose, and destiny as a leader.
God has determined an end, but we must start with a beginning. We must never despise the day of small beginnings, because great destiny requires many small beginnings. When we think small beginnings, God thinks harvest.
Isaiah 46:9, 10 Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’
The law of harvest demands that we sow seed in order to reap a crop, but we must see the crop in a spiritual realty before we can choose to labor in the natural. Leaders must see where they are going in the Spirit before they see it in the natural harvest fields of life. The labor of every leader must be towards a spiritual goal seen in heaven. Not everything that we sow is purposed by God for us to reap, but everything that God has purposed for us to reap requires us to sow. We don’t sow to reap. We sow because we see the harvest. Ishmael was a result of the law of sowing and reaping while Isaac was the result of the law of harvest. We don’t sow seed because we want to see a harvest. We see a harvest, so we sow seed. Leaders lead people to live their lives by the vision of a heavenly harvest. What God says, we can do. What God makes known in heaven, we can receive here on earth. Leaders must be men and women of faith who lead others to become the same. We see the harvest so we sow seed. Blindly sowing seed is seed sown from unbelief. As leaders we must live for the harvest!
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson