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The Importance of Sowing to God

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. –2 Corinthians 9:6

Do you always sow intentionally expecting?  Sometimes I give of myself, time, resources, money, whatever without even contemplating that I’m sowing seed and that seed will produce a harvest.

I often think of it that way when I’m preaching because I can’t control how someone receives or doesn’t receive what I feel God is saying on a given day, all I can do is sow the seed and trust He’s God of the process.

I want to attempt to sow everything to God in this way because then I know where I’ll reap.

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. –2 Corinthians 9:7-8

I want to be a cheerful, generous giver.  I want to sow love, grace, peace, joy, encouragement, and godliness because I know I’ll reap that back in the most amazing ways so I can be fully supplied, abounding in “every good work.”

I know we don’t give to get.  It’s not “I’ll send $456 to XYZ Ministries so God will pay all my bills.”  It’s not about manipulating God.  But He does say that if we sow, we will reap and even the way we sow–sparingly or generously–will be the way we reap.

Right now you may have an abundance of faith so you can sow that to God by encouraging a brother or sister who is struggling.  Then when things get harder and you struggle, you can expect the same lift.  I don’t know how God does it, but He does!

 

I’ve been blessed to travel some more recently and minister in worship and preaching. I love the presence of God and love sharing with people, but it’s probably not a surprise that this is exhausting as well. My family also has to pick up the slack when I’m not there so that’s an added cost as well.

The last two trips have been with two relatively small groups of people so from a worldly-wise standpoint, one could ask if it’s all worth it. The particulars don’t matter. We’re planting seeds.

You get to sow in faith, not just in people but in God. Turn it all over to Him and expect a harvest.  You never know what sort of outcome you’ll see. Live and love generously knowing God is touching people’s lives and revealing Jesus in life-changing and transformative ways.

There are always more and other opportunities to sow, but don’t miss the opportunities and excitement to reap either. Through it all, we sow to Him in the big and small things so we can reap from Him.

 I am expecting.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you try to maintain a consciousness of sowing and reaping? Why or why not?

2 Comments

  1. I pray that I am sowing seed of faith through my blog and my novels, but until you stated it here, Jason, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at the reaping part of the equation. But it makes perfect sense. I’ve offered encouragement to many, have gained such strong friendships, and now, as I’m going through a rather rough patch, I find that the prayers of those whom I’ve touched are now going up for me and strengthening me in ways I could never have imagined. God is so good!
    Blessings!

    • Amen! I’m so thankful for you--both your words and your friendship. What else can we say but “God is good!” Thank you, Martha.

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