Leviticus 19: 23 – 25 – ‘“When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased.”’
Do you plant seed for the long term? Or do you desire an immediate result, particularly one that benefits you?
I would anticipate that the above verses are to help productive plants to get established. Following the three years of not harvesting fruit from trees that were planted, in the fourth year the harvest is to be dedicated to God. It isn’t until the fifth year – even if the tree has been productive in the first year – that the reward is offered to the one who planted it.
And what is the result? An increased harvest.
We need to learn to wait on God’s perfect timing. We need to acknowledge that some results from works we have done can be improved, can be increased. We also need to offer up praises to God for the fruits of our hard work.
It is through God that we are able to be successful, not through our own works. By being obedient to Him, we will see a greater harvest. Perhaps this is more people reached for Christ. Perhaps this is a family member finally saved.
Don’t be so impatient about seeing fruit occur, that you cut corners. Any positive result for the kingdom of God shouldn’t be seen as taking too long. As a wealthy Christian, practice authenticity, patience and obedience. God will increase your harvest if you listen to and follow Him.
Financial tip – consider if a loan is necessary to make purchases; other than a mortgage, in a short time frame it should be possible to save regular amounts and purchase items outright. A $10,000 car could end up costing you $12,000 over a 5 year period and will devalue by half in the first 12 months. Buying a similar vehicle that is 12 months old with cash may be a much smarter move financially.