Friday: 10th August, 2018
Reference text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Barring any unexpected happenings, the ‘Principles of sowing and reaping’ will always remain the same and apply to each of us in the same way. An understanding of these, will not only improve the way we live, but will better position us to receive more from God and affect the lives of others even better.
One of the founding principles is found in Ecclesiastes 3:2b ‘there is a time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted’. Once the timing of these two events are missed, expected returns are also immensely affected. If a farmer misses the period of planting, hence, the rains, seeds planted suffer with growth however viable they are. Equally, when the time to reap is missed, the quality of products fall and one gets a lower return on their investment.
Thus, PRINCIPLE 1 : Pay attention so you do not miss the timing to sow or reap.
The second principle mentioned by St Paul is captured in the words ‘he who sows sparingly, will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully, will reap bountifully'(2 Cor 9:6). There is no need to look beyond these words for interpretation as their meaning is rather clear . A farmer who sows a single grain, can only expect a single stalk to emerge from the ground, while one who sows multiple, will expect multiple. Like any investment: the bigger the sum invested, the higher one’s dividends will be. So, PRINCIPLE 2: As you want to receive, sow that much.
The third principle can be found in these words ‘ Each according as he has purposed in his heart, so let him give'(2 Cor. 9:7a). Here, we look at giving, not only in terms of quantity, but in quality. A sower who does not have the means to cater for 10000 seeds, does not need to sow as much because he feels a need to. God loves a cheerful giver; one who gives not just in quantity; but with quality.
Hence, PRINCIPLE 3: Become one who sows because you want to, not because you need to.
Remember # what you sow, is what you reap; and how you sow, is how you reap.