HARVEST (The Definition)
The gathering of things planted, a natural time of reaping in joy what has been produced during the year in an agricultural community.
Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Harvest is the redemption of your soul and the redemption of your possessions.
God ordained the feast of harvest. In obeying this statute of God and to enhance the fulfilment of God’s design for his children, all Celestians – children and adults – observe the festival of harvest as it is recorded in Exod. 23:16
Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.
“Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.
Harvest is spiritual, if you remove the spirituality it becomes a mere show of funfair and charismatic shame. We are in a spiritual church and everything we have to do have to be spiritual which harvest is one of them.
1. THE SEED (HARVEST LEVY)
There can be no harvest without the seed; every seed when planted has the future of harvest. If a seed is not complete, then harvest is impossible. The seed you sow during harvest is called the “Harvest Levy (Owo Ikore)”. No matter how big or small, it cannot be replaced or represented with any extra donation. Your levy spiritually carries the power to determine your Journey, Glory and Destiny throughout the following year. Take note that if your Levy is not complete, your seed is not complete; therefore, it cannot bring forth any good fruit for harvest.
Your personal commitment to harvest is different from that of the committee because what is the use for the physical food and drinks when there is no spiritual feed. The seed is the Genesis and Foundation of all harvests no matter what your rank or other contributions may be.
2. THE FERTILIZER (EXTRA CONTRIBUTIONS)
Just as the levy (Owo Ikore) is the seed, every farmer that plants a seed needs certain fertilizers to help their seed grow faster and better according to the type of the seed and the farmer’s needs. The special extra contribution is necessary for a better harvest, don’t forget that you can’t apply fertilizer on an empty land without seed, the extra contribution e.g. rice, cow, fish etc does not and cannot substitute your harvest levy.
Making an extra contribution depends and solely rests upon the blessing God has showered upon you the previous year and what you are looking for in the following year. Someone looking for fruits of the womb may decide to donate fruits, tubers of yam, rice etc to signify availability and fruitfulness.
Being counted with those who worship on the harvest day is the most important event and duty of every Celestial. CELESTIAL IS NOT THE KEY TO HEAVEN, CELESTIAL IS HEAVEN AND WORSHIP IS THE KEY TO BEING A CELESTIAL, THEREFORE WORHIP IS THE KEY TO HEAVEN. Your garment or rank doesn’t make you a Celestial if you fail to perform your duty as a true worshipper.
If you fail to be counted amongst those who will bow before the throne on the harvest day, then you have lost majority of the blessings because you are not numbered by the Angels.
Don’t let cooking, makeup or any unnecessary assignments deprive you of the opportunity of getting numbered with those who are spiritually present on the harvest day. Your worship is your attendant, it is important for a fruitful harvest because a farmer who is not present to water and fumigate his farm is bound to lose everything to pests.
This is as important as other process on the harvest day. Your thanksgiving is like your certificate of participation that makes you a worthy recipient of th blessings of the years harvest.
It has become a trend in Celestial Church of Christ today that people don’t really value thanksgiving on harvest days and it has over time replaced with roll call dances (Ijo Alaga) and money spraying. Thanksgiving in CCC is spiritual and cannot be replaced with anything whatsoever.
Participating in harvest without certificate is like going to school without certificate, it’s a waste of time, resources, money and energy. Always endeavor to appear with your household with whatsoever item you can afford and according to your prayer requests from God.
(GENESIS 22:15-17) 15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies
When you sow your seed the right way and at the right time and add all necessary thing, you have hearken diligently to the voice of your God (Deut 28), your seed will:
Multiply (Naturally and Spiritually)
Natural e.g. Seashore sand (Clean, Refreshed, Watered)
Spiritual e.g. Stars of the Sky (Uncountable)
(MATHEW 13:24-30) He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’
When you do your harvest the way it should be done, then a total harvest is done in your life, health, education, finance, business, marital life and ministry. Whatever the enemy has planted in your life shall be gathered, binded and burnt.
(C) Senior Evangelist Lanre Daniel YS –