In Your Bible Read This Out Loud: Galatians 6:7-10
Memorise This Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:6 ‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously’
Afterwards Talk About This: Relate to each other testimonies of when you have given and it was given back to you.
Something To Do Before Next Time: Buy a packet of seeds and plant them and let them serve as a reminder of the money you have given.
Written Diploma Work: Write one side on the ways that the laws governing finances are similar to those governing crops.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse: Proverbs 11:24
When you give financially, the bible likens it to sowing seeds and as the scriptures below show. Just as there are laws that govern crops and harvest there are laws that govern financial seed sowing and financial harvests. This section will seek to draw parallels between the natural and spiritual laws of sowing and reaping whilst the intention is not to take the analogy too far – there are some parallels that can be drawn
Galatians 6:7 ‘Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows’
2 Corinthians 9:6: ‘Whoever sows generously will reap generously’.
The Laws operate whether we know about them or not Genesis 8:22 shows that the natural laws of seed-time and harvest will always remain in the natural world. In the same way, sowing and reaping and giving and receiving are financial laws that will always govern the spiritual world. Ignorance of these laws will be to our disadvantage Hosea 4:6 says, ‘My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge’
The laws operate for whosoever and are applicable to all If a rich farmer and a poor farmer sow the same amount of seed in the same soil they will receive the same size harvest. If a male farmer and a female farmer sow the same amount of seed they will receive the same size harvest. If a black farmer and a white farmer sow the same amount of seed they will receive the same size harvest. The laws of sowing and reaping aren’t racist or sexist and will work for whoever activates them.
Abide by the laws and you will be blessed A mere knowledge of the laws will not of itself cause a harvest to come to you the laws of sowing and reaping are there for us to abide by and be blessed by. The laws of sowing and reaping are not there to penalise us but are there for our benefit but we must activate the laws to work in our favour.
If you sow nothing you reap nothing This sound so obvious that it is not worth mentioning! yet there are multitudes of Christians who do not give God a penny yet are praying, prophesying, begging, pleading, demanding and resisting the devil in order to get a harvest!. There are no surprise harvests in the natural realm if you haven’t sown any seed and no surprise harvests in the spiritual if you haven’t sown financial seeds.
Your reaping is in direct proportion to your sowing 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, ‘Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously’. If you have seen a steady stream of small financial harvests and are ready for a stream of large financial harvests then you need to sow a stream of large financial seeds.
You sow seeds in the knowledge they will produce a harvest No farmer sows seeds and goes away and forgets about the field – he is looking for it to produce a harvest. If you have sown financial seeds don’t forget about them – money may leave you hand but it doesn’t leave your life money goes from your present and into your future – expect a harvest!
Spasmodic sowing leads to spasmodic reaping If a farmer sows seed in half of his field and not the other half he will only receive a partial harvest. Likewise, if you only give occasionally you are not putting yourself into a position to receive a steady stream of blessings.
Select good soil in which to sow No farmer would choose to sow his seed on a dirt track or a concrete road when he had a piece if land with fertile soil in which to sow – clearly he would sow in the place that would give him the greatest returns. Likewise, you should be very careful to give to the church, organisation, missionary etc who you feel will give you the best returns for your hard earned money – why waste it on unfruitful churches and ministries?
Good seeds produce a good harvest Give God your best and sow your best seeds – give God a tithe of everything and generous offerings on top give God of your best and believe him for his many various blessings to be given back to you. Go out of your way to ensure that you have given the best to God and he will go out of his way to his best to you.
Bad seeds produce a bad harvest If you are sowing unrighteousness in your finances it will be multiplied back to you in the form of a financial famine instead of a harvest. Carefully evaluate if there is any area of financial unrighteousness that is causing you to be sowing bad seeds and reaping a bitter harvest. A Christian indulging in financial unrighteousness is similar to a farmer sowing thorn bush seeds in the middle of his crop
Respect the time between sowing and reaping When was the last time you saw a farmer sow seeds on a Sunday and go looking for a harvest on a Monday night! Unfortunately, many Christians give in the offering on Sunday evening and look for an envelope full of cash on Monday morning. Galatians 6:7-10 shows that there is a harvest coming at the proper time when God deems it fit to release it to you – patiently wait for your harvest!
Harvest is gradual Jesus spoke of the harvest being gradual in Mark 4:28 when he says, ‘All by itself the soil produces corn – first the stalk, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear’. Rather than seeing a massive financial miracle it would appear that you are more likely to see a steady stream of blessings in your life as your harvest gradually grows to maturity.
Each seed reproduces after itself If a farmer wanted orange trees he wouldn’t plant apple seeds as each seed reproduces itself. Therefore, if you want blessings – sow blessings if you want friendship sow friendship into other people’s lives if you want people to go out of their way to be nice to you, go out of your way to be nice to other people.
Each seed produces fruit which contains more seed with which to sow again Jesus said in John 12:24 ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds’. The laws of sowing and reaping are such you could plant a single and if you plant all the subsequent seeds that the initial seed produced it could fill an entire field – all from planting one single seed.
Don’t eat all your harvest 2 Corinthians 9:10 says ‘Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness’.
Therefore God puts money in our hands for two reasons:
- Bread for food i.e. daily necessities
- Seed to sow i.e excess money to invest in his Kingdom
Should we choose to eat all our seeds we will have none left to sow for future harvest when you receive a financial harvest make sure that you tithe on it straight away.
Don’t wait until you are hungry before you sow your seed. If you wanted an apple pie on Sunday evening you wouldn’t plant an apple seed on Sunday morning. However, many Christians wait until financial disaster is upon them before they start sowing financial seeds in the hope to get out of the mess they are in. Don’t wait for the bad times to start sowing seeds but sow in the good times and the bad times, in fact, sow every time so that you have a constant harvest.
Uproot any weeds that could choke the harvest Jesus warned in Mark 4:19 about financial unrighteousness acting like weeds, ‘But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful’. Financial unrighteousness will choke and kill our harvest and needs to be rooted out of our lives.
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This study contains the personal beliefs and practices of of the author who recommends them to the reader. The author takes no credit for their success where applied and likewise takes no responsibility for any failure or disappointment.
The House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations at the end of each section is based on Operation World 21st Century Edition © Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk. Published by Paternoster. All scriptures are NIV © Hodder & Stoughton.