Friday, May 9, 2014

Sowing Generously

A freshly plowed field is a beautiful sight.  I saw one yesterday and it made me smile.  The lines were perfect.  The colors were rich.  With all our recent rain the soil is moist and soon ready for seed to be sown.  Farming requires faith and lots of hard work. When God and man combine their talents there is a great harvest.

There is a farming principle lifted up in II Corinthians 9:6.  I wonder if you believe it for your own life?  The Apostle Paul says, “Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

I’ve observed that most people today want to reap generously but sow only sparingly… even reluctantly.  It’s one of the consequences of our materialistic society.  We’re schooled in the art of getting something for nothing.  We’re deal makers and bargain hunters who are quick to tell the stories of our conquests.  No matter how much we have, it’s never enough.  We dream of hitting it big!

But God’s economy requires generous sowing.  Remember the parable?  A farmer went out to sow… and some seed fell on good soil… and produced a harvest of 100, 60 and 30 times.  The first step?  Sowing generously!

I’m convinced that the life of a sincere believer will be characterized by generosity.  We will sow generously the seeds of love, time, finances and service because of a deep desire to reap a great harvest for the kingdom of God.  We aspire to a different kind of richness.

Are you a strategic planter or a sower?  Are you a deal maker or a risk taker, especially when it comes to your relationship with God?  The degree of our sowing can be an indication of the depth of our faith.

Take a moment and try this prayer:  “Dear God, is there an area in my life where you are calling me to sow more generously?  Where have I held back?  Why have I been afraid?”  Let the Holy Spirit speak to you and then go for it.  Take a risk and let your seeds fly.  There is a great harvest waiting!

Pastor Greg Pagh

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