MEMORY VERSE: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.2 Corinthians 9:6
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 66-68
Every living thing God created is designed to produce after its own kind. Genesis 1:24 says, “Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds.” According to John 3:6, flesh gives birth to flesh and the Spirit gives birth to the spirit. Galatians 6:8 says, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” One of the ways people sow into the flesh is by enjoying secular music or watching pornographic movies, viewing nude pictures, etc. These things pollute our lives. The enemy of our soul is gradually making it readily available for everyone to view. Today, there are several videos all over the internet showing these ungodly pictures and movies, and as such be on your guard. You don’t know what you are losing every time you watch these things. What many of us do not know is that we open the door for the spirit of lust and other demons to enter into our lives when we indulge in theses things.
We reap in proportion to what we sow. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” If an individual sows few orange seeds, he or she will get one or two orange trees. But, if the same individual sows a lot of orange seeds, he or she may end up with an orange plantation. If one sows sparingly into the life of his or her children, one will reap sparingly but if one makes the effort and sacrifices his or her time to look after them and raise them in the way they should go, one will go to the grave a happy father or a happy mother. The brother or sister who sows his or time / resources/ talents sparingly when it comes to the service of God will reap in proportion to what he or she has sown. So also, a brother or sister who sows his or her time / resources/ talents bountifully will reap in proportion to what he or she has sown. Just as those who are generous to God and His servants will reap in proportion to what they sow, those who are stingy to God and His servants will also reap in proportion. God encourages us to live as children of God, according to the principles and promises that our generosity will not be forgotten. Bountiful sowing is always to be the result of the outworking of biblical insights, values, commitment and the spirit filled life.
We give so that our God is glorified and others are blessed. When giving life uncertainties will be there. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” Life uncertainties are one of the things that keep people from giving and ministering to others when they have opportunities. The world’s philosophy on sowing is this: ‘Get all you can, can all you get, then, sit on the can.’ But the Lord’s philosophy on sowing is the opposite of this. If you want to be rich, give. According to Luke 6:38, if you give it will come back to you in big measure. If you want to be poor, grasp. Proverbs 11:24b says, “and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” If you want abundance, scatter. Proverbs 11:24a says, “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth;” If you want to be needy, hoard.
QUESTION: Are you generous to God?
Confession: I enjoy giving to God. I sow bountifully to the things of God and reap bountifully too.