Thought to Ponder: Sowing your Seed!
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart.”2Co 9:7 NIV
Round and Round It Goes!
The Bible says: “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” (vv. 6-8 NIV). When you give what God tells you to, He’ll give you back more. When you know that, it’ll revolutionize your approach to giving. Paul isn’t talking about people who’re trying to get rich; he’s talking about “cheerful givers” who want to finance God’s purposes. He’s saying not only is it safe to give, it’s the way to greater blessing. That’s especially good news for reluctant givers, because when you give something away it can feel like a loss. But contributing to God’s work isn’t giving something away; it’s investing—with a guaranteed return. A farmer who sows doesn’t lose his seed, he gains a harvest. Can you imagine a farmer praying this prayer? “God, give me a crop. I’m trusting You to get involved, but I’m holding on to my seed just in case.” Is that what you’re doing? If so, here’s some good news. When you sow generously, God gets involves in your finances. Can you imagine a more secure position to be in? The Bible says, “The generous will prosper” (Pr 11:25 NLT). When you give, it enables God to return to you even more, which in turn enables you to give even more—and round and round it goes! (bob gass)