The Law of the Harvest is a very important life lesson that pushes us toward success. This biblical principle is irrevocable; it applies to both the Christian and non-Christian alike. The Bible describes this principle in Genesis 8:22 which states, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest…” Today, I want to share with you three important aspects of this law.

1. You must plant a seed before you receive a harvest. Jesus explains this principle in John 12:24 when He says, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” All legitimate farmers know that before they can harvest a crop they must first plant some seeds. Why? Because the Law of the Harvest teaches us that nothing happens until we are willing to plant a seed. In other words, we cannot expect to see favorable results in any area of our lives, until we are willing to put in the necessary effort it takes to be successful. I’m a firm believer that if you want God to bless you, then you must give him a seed of effort to work with.

2. You must plant exactly what you want to harvest. I think the Apostle Paul said it best in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” The Law of the Harvest teaches us that EVERYTHING must reproduce after its own kind. So if you plant oranges, you cannot expect to reap apples. If you plant hatred, you cannot expect to reap love. If a student chooses to sow seeds of poor study habits and lack of class preparation, he and/or she cannot expect to reap a harvest of good grades. Why? The Law of the Harvest teaches us that we reap exactly what we sow!

3. Good ground helps your seed multiply. Jesus says it best in Matthew 13:8, “Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” The key to maximizing your efforts in life is to make sure that you are planting seeds in people, places, and projects that promote productivity and growth. I don’t believe that you should waste precious time and energy on people who do not appreciate your effort. Nor, do I believe that you should pledge your financial support to organizations that lack the integrity, skill, or transparency it takes to be good stewards of your generosity. The Law of the Harvest teaches us that good ground helps our seeds to multiply.

The Law of the Harvest is an irrevocable biblical principle that pushes us toward success. The three aspects of this law discussed today can empower you to prosper in every aspect of your life. I leave you with this simple thought, “Be careful what you sow, because it’s coming up again!”


Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto