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17th May 2023


Sowing and Reaping

God has built the principle of sowing & reaping into this world.
It is an irrefutable principle in life that affects us all. We will undoubtedly reap what we sow.
Every thought, word & deed carries consequences therefore we need to be careful about how we sow in these areas.
“Good or bad, you will always reap what you sow — you will always harvest the consequences of your choices.” – Randy Alcorn
We are promised a harvest of blessing if we do not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:7-9).
We are also encouraged to be generous sowers. That will be our focus for today.


But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8


The context of the above Scripture is financial giving.
The encouragement is for us to be generous in our tithes & freewill offerings.
Nevertheless, the general principle of being generous sowers holds true in every sphere of life.
That is because generosity reflects the heart, nature & character of God.
God is incredibly, abundantly generous in everything He does.
That is why we are exhorted to sow generously. As we do so we tap into the grace of God.
SELAH

An example of God being a generous sower is provided for us in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-7).
The picture is of a farmer liberally & extravagantly scattering seed.
The seed is scattered everywhere – paths, gravel, amongst the weeds & into fertile soil.
The farmer is used as a picture of God sowing the seed of the word of God.
Either God is a very bad farmer wasting three quarters of His seed or the picture we are to see is His
abundant generosity.
I suggest it is that liberal, extravagant generosity that we are to understand.
We are therefore to model His example (1 Corinthians 11:1) & be a people of liberal generosity.
A people who sow generously, so that in due course they may reap generously.

We truly reflect our generous Father when we are prepared to sow generously.
The more generously we sow the greater the yield of harvest we will reap. Sow little & you will reap little.
Sow generously & you will reap a generous harvest. What you give out, or give away, will come back to you (Ecclesiastes 11:1).
If we will sow generously through God’s amazing grace there will always be an abundance available to us for good works. So Good.
Every today shapes tomorrow so let us follow the example of our ever-generous Father.
God is forever a generous giver & we are called to do the same – to walk in constant generosity.
Sow with your time, possessions, money, resources & property. Sow the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Sow liberally, extravagantly, abundantly & generously in line with the will, word & ways of the Lord.
Enjoy the blessing of the rich harvest that will follow.

For reflection

  • In what areas of my life am I sowing generously?
  • Where do I currently see an abundance in my life? How (inspired by the Lord) can I put it to good works?
  • Meditate upon the exhortation for us to sow generously.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your incredible generosity,
That Your grace ever abounds towards me to provide for my every need.
Jesus thank you that You held nothing back,
That You gave everything to rescue & redeem me.
Holy Spirit keep me walking in step with you, producing Your fruit in my life,
That I may yield a rich harvest of righteousness & godly good works.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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