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Overgrown Cucumbers

Lindsay Roberts

A few years ago, I gathered a bushel-full of cucumbers I’d planted in my garden, but they were not very impressive. They were overripe and all tangled up with overgrown vines. I asked my mom to cut one open, but she said, “No these cucumbers are not good.” We couldn’t even eat them.

I could have picked the cucumbers when they were ready, but I procrastinated. I said, “It’s hot; I’ll wait a little while.” Then the rains came, and I said, “When the ground dried up, I’ll go out and pick them.” But by the time I finally went to the garden, the weeds had grown up and my cucumber crop was ruined.

Then it hit me! God multiplied my seed and gave me a beautiful harvest, but I failed to receive it because I didn’t go out and bring in the harvest when it was ripe! I missed the harvest season!

Similarly, we can miss our harvest from the seeds of faith we have planned if we’re not looking for it and expecting it. Many people say, “I give, but I don’t expect anything back from God.” The Bible says, God … gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7 NKJV). He causes the seeds we plant to grow. Our part is to watch for the harvest season and reach out and receive the increase when it comes. Like a gardener, we can reap the rewards and blessings of our labor and our investment in God’s work if we live in expectancy and gather up the harvest.

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Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts, B.A., M.A., D.Min., is the Chairman and CEO of Richard Roberts Ministries and has dedicated his life to ministering the saving, healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ around the world.

His services are marked with supernatural miracles and healings and by a tremendous move of the Spirit. Today, Richard focuses on his Greater Works international pastors conferences where he teaches and trains pastors in underdeveloped nations to take the full gospel with miracles, healing and signs following to their villages, cities, and nations, as Jesus said in John 14:12.