What’s good enough to convince you the garden you planted in spring will bear a harvest in September?
You plow, plant seeds, weed, fertilize, and water, and for months, you get little more than stumpy green plants breaking through the soil.
Planting grapes is worse. Three years. You plant this year, and you must wait two more before the first harvest.
Let’s not get off on olive trees. Many don’t produce until they are twelve years old. Who would plant olive trees as an investment?
Longleaf pine trees take upwards of 50 years to be usable as utility poles.
Our hope in Christ has been maturing for 2,000 years. It’s ripe for the harvest.
1 Peter 1:21 says:
“Who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross planted 2 Seeds of God’s Glory.
Our 1st Seed:
Jesus was raised from the dead after three days, establishing our faith in him.
Our 2nd Seed:
God covered him with divine glory, and his mortal flesh became immortal, establishing our hope in our resurrection.
When a longleaf pine breaks through the soil, it looks like grass for up to three years. It’s not growing on the surface, but the roots are establishing a foothold. When growth begins above ground, it can shoot up at the rate of two feet per year.
Imagine a 4,000-foot-tall tree. That’s where our faith and hope in Jesus are. It’s time for the harvest. Let’s move into it today.
Jesus is fully prepared. He tells us now is our time.
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