As I was preparing for my message to minister to the people of God on Sunday, July 8th 2018, one of the scriptures that I was able to cross-reference the main bible passage of scripture with was that of 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NIV) The scripture is this:-
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will reap generously. ν7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God love a cheerful giver. v8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. v9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
v10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. v11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
The main principles that I was able to take away are these
- The principle of sowing and reaping
- God knows what seed you need to sow and the time in which you are to sow it in order to yield the best harvest and
- Your God-given seed has power
Now if we be honest with ourselves, we do not always abide by the principle of sowing bountifully. Sometimes we tend to be stingy with our giving or we hold back the seed that God gave us, and not bother to sow it and then, we expect a great harvest. But not only does God want us to give as often as we can give, He wants us to give generously.
Paul specifically used the metaphor of sowing and reaping to help us to understand how a simple act of giving or our spirit of generosity towards others work miraculously in our lives. Beyond that, look more closely at verse 10 “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
It is a powerful demonstration of the extent that God our Heavenly Father will go through to ensure that we not only have seed now in this present moment and bread for us and our family, but we have more than enough of the seed resources to set aside for future giving. It makes sense then that the more we give, the more we receive.
A wise farmer is never without seed. He grinds just what he needs to make flour and to make bread, and he use the rest of his seed to sow into the field so that he yield a greater harvest the next time around. Whatever he sows is for provision and whatever he set aside is for his generous giving.
We should therefore never feel guilty or burdensome about giving. God wants us to give out of the goodness of our heart. Give of your time and your finances. Pray for others and have faith in God that as you sow the seed He has given to you, your harvest will be plenteous and that you have more than enough to give to others.
In Matthew 13:1-23 Jesus spoke to the multitudes about the parable of the sower. The analogy and the inferences He made is that the seed is the Word of God or the gospel of Jesus Christ that we must go into all the world and sow the seed of His word into the hearts of men. Those that hear it and it enters the heart of them that believe on Him, then the word takes root into their heart and they produce good fruit.
Finally, your seed has power and when you sow it or give it, then it shall be returned to you with increase, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!
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