Be Bountiful

April 15, 2018

2 Corinthians 9:6… The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully, will also reap bountifully.

            This is a rule of sowing and reaping, which is one of the rules of life. Having grown up on a farm, I have seen sowing and reaping in action for most of my life. One of my favorites was corn. The seed was planted about 2 inches below the surface of the ground and eventually, a single stock of green would appear, poking out of the dirt.  The point of this farming lesson is… the plant looked nothing like the planted kernel. It grew to be taller than me, with tassels on top and numerous other identifying features. When you sow a seed, you will get more of the same seeds but they will come from a plant that is different from the seed.

            I have not done a search, but I can’t think of another place when Paul used the phrase, ‘the point is this.’ That puts special emphasis on it for me. In a way, it minimizes the possible considerations. ‘the point’ directs our thinking to one point. Paul is writing about giving to the needs of others. When you give from your abundance to help someone, you do not necessarily reap the same thing you give. As example, if you give money, you will  not, necessarily,  reap money.

Verse 10… He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

            When we give, our harvest is righteousness, which likely does not look like the gift. So, ask yourself, “Do I give to see an increase in my gift or an increase in righteousness.?” And notice where the gift comes from… “He who supplies seed to the sower.” God provides the seeds we sow.  When it comes to giving, especially money, we get very possessive.    We want to be sure we have extra money. We hesitate to take it from something we want. Or, we might give, hoping it will come back to us. Or we might improve our thinking a little and give when we are sure it will do some good. But, even that is self serving.

            We sow seeds because that is what seeds are for. Do you consider your money like that? It is yours to sow. (verse 12) Plant generously.