Think of everything you do as planting seed. You go through life casting seed —and either expecting a harvest, or being surprised by the harvest. Our culture uses other terms to describe this:
- What comes around goes around
The idea is simple—you reap what you sow. It however, is a Biblical principle that God set in motion the moment he created the world. Genesis 1:11 (NKJV) “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’ ; and it was so.” Simply put—oranges have seeds. Those seeds, if planted will grow oranges—not bananas. Everything has the capacity to bear seed according to its kind.
Think then of your life and the seeds that you keep sowing. You are a person of integrity, working hard and diligent—then your company takes notice. You are then in line for a raise, a job promotion, etc.
Everything you have—
Everything you do—
Every way you act—
…you are casting seed. That seed will bring you a certain kind of harvest!
In my house where I grew up there was a plaque which hung on the wall just outside our bedroom. I have that plaque on my dresser now! The words:
Only one life—
T’will soon be past.
Only what’s done for Christ—
I want to use ‘seeds’ and sow them for eternal purposes:
- My time—-I choose to give time for eternal purposes
- My mind—I choose to use my mind for eternal purposes
- My gifts and abilities—I choose to use for eternal purposes
- My money—I choose to give for eternal purposes
Now, don’t miss the point. My time, my mind, my gifts, my money—are seeds. Seeds create a harvest when they are sown.
I don’t want to sow with impure motives—however, it is simply a Biblical promise:
Galatians 6:7-9 (NKJV) 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
If I want God in my time—-I need to give God my time.
If I want God in my mind—-I need to give God my mind.
If I want God in my gifts and abilities—I need to give God my gifts and abilities.
If I want God in my money—I need to give God my money.
Bottom line—why do I give money generously to God’s work?
Well, because all my money belongs to God anyway.
However, I want God in my bank account, in my money decisions, in my purchases. The way of putting God in my finances is by sowing a seed by faith. You can pray 24 hours a day, 7 days a week about your finances and ask God to bless them etc. It will do no good. The principle is stated clearly. You reap what you sow. You sow nothing, you reap nothing. No amount of prayer will change God’s principles.