THE TRUE MEANING OF SOWING AND REAPING – PART 2
2 Corinthians 9:6 – [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. Amplified version
In the first part of this digest, issues regarding money were intentionally left out so that the idea of sowing and reaping might be clearly understood beyond giving money. We concluded that God commits more responsibility into our hands, after He sees how productive you are with what you have been given. In our key verse, Paul tells us that he who gives more (to touch the lives of others), more will be given to that person. It doesn’t matter if it’s your Pastor, or another brother, when you use your money to affect the lives of people, it’s an honorable venture, that God approves off, and is pleased with…it shows we are being like Him, expressing His nature within us (God is pleased when we give – Acts of the Apostles 10:31 He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!).
Giving is also an honorable venture before people…that’s why people would appreciate anyone, believer or not who gives, and giving most times could even be used to open people up to hear and receive the gospel message. However, Apostle Paul goes further to tell us that giving should be done from the heart (as a man purposed in his heart), not grudgingly. Let me ask you a question, if I gave you a thousand dollars grudgingly, and someone else gave you five hundred dollars out of love, which would you find more valuable? Of course you wouldn’t mind receiving the fives thousand, but God on the other hand doesn’t look at how much you give, rather He looks at the state of your heart. It’s funny how sometimes, we give as though we are giving God a loan and expect to be paid back with interest.
Dearly beloved, use what God has given you to affect lives and for the work of ministry, it’s a beautiful thing and a Christian thing to do. Practise it and live it as a lifestyle. The joy you experience when you give and it affects lives is irreplaceable. Looking forward to seeing us excel in this, God bless you.
Dear Lord, please give me the grace to use what you have given me to affect the lives of people and for your work, Amen.