WHAT WILL YOU REAP                                                                                                                       Andy Hollifield 8-18-17

Psalms 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (9) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Reap———-(1) to gather or take (crop, harvest, etc…) (2) to get as a return, recompense or result

ROI. Return on investment. Any good businessman is always looking to maximize his ROI. That is just good business. To get as much as you can, you need to invest wisely. Whether it is time, money, labor, or just effort; everyone is looking to get “the most bang for your buck” so to speak. If that is the case in the business world, than surely it should be that way in winning souls to Christ. If we conduct our business that way, why should we approach our work for the Lord with any less fervor and prudence? Prudence is the act of being wise in practical affairs, as by providing for the future. You could say that our efforts for the Lord are providing for the future. The future of all of those you come in contact with in a day’s time, whether they will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Matthew 16:26 says, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” ROI, return on investment. How much are you investing yourself to win lost souls that you know? How much return are you seeing?

Some of us are better scotches than anything else. I spend a lot of time in our ministry never seeing the people that we help. Only maybe a dozen times in fifteen years have I got to actually meet the people we are helping at H.O.P.E. Ministries. Most of the time, we are just putting tools in the hands of those that are on the front lines. We are supporting those that are actually providing assistance for their clients whether it be at a pregnancy center, domestic violence shelter, school, or any other agency or mission that we help. I think Paul put it best in 1 Corinthians 3:6 when he said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Our seed is God’s love shed abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5) but did you notice that nothing was said directly about reaping in that verse? I personally believe that is because God is the only one that can truly reap lost souls. Everything we can offer them comes from God. The bible says that “… it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” John 14:6 says “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” So if it is the Spirit of God anointing the preaching and also convicting hearts and leading them to repentance in Christ Jesus, where do we get any idea that we have anything to do with it? When you look at it like that, what it amounts to is that God is doing the investing and giving us credit for the return.

The word reap is used 32 times in scripture. The interesting thing is that it speaks of a physical harvest of grain in Leviticus 19:9 the first time it is used; but speaks of a prophetic harvest in Revelation 14:15 the last time it is used. Did you catch what I said about what we do at H.O.P.E. Ministries? Basically we work quietly behind the scenes. But do you realize that for every lost soul that comes to know Christ, that our staff and supporting churches will be receiving rewards for our small part in it. You will not only be rewarded for the work that you see or do; but also for the work that you helped others to do. You are helping water just as Apollos did. Sometimes you get to plant and other times you have to water, but without all the work being done, there would never be a harvest. God gave us a written guarantee that where his word went, it would do what he sent it to do, where he sent it to do it, and with whom he sent it to. It is hard to beat that one.

Isn’t that great news? We aren’t responsible for results but for our labor and obedience to God. We can reap a bountiful harvest. One scripture to keep in mind is Galatians 5:9. The last sentence says “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” All we have to do in order to reap a bountiful harvest is to be obedient. Sow bountifully and prepare to reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6). Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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