Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
The analogy of the agricultural activity of sowing and reaping is found over 20 times in the Bible. I recently was blessed by joining an organisation that uses a derivative of “sow” in its name. This devotional is not a promotion of this organisation, but the company was founded by a Christian, was championed for a long time by a Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit, and is sponsored financially and spiritually by Christians and non-believers. It fulfils the Lord’s command to love our neighbour through serving the underprivileged.
My new position stimulated a review of the sowing and reaping paradigm found in Holy Scriptures. Interestingly, this paradigm is found in many contexts and this well-known verse captures a number of points: while very important, giving goes beyond donating money that the Lord has entrusted to us as stewards. Rather, it is essential that the seeds we spread be of grace and love, and for which we, in due course, will gain the Lord’s abundance of grace and love.
I ask you to think of two issues:
- Am I sowing generously and cheerfully the “seeds” of grace and love to all those that I meet?
- Do I feel joy from the overflowing of love and grace that I receive from the Lord? Do I multiply it by scattering it further?
Let us sow generously by:
- Thanking God for the opportunity to receive from Him and share it with the people around us;
- Asking God to teach us practically and daily on how to live out His grace and love.