“Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Unless you grew up on a farm, the whole concept of planting and harvesting corn, soy beans, or potatoes can be a foreign concept. To put it simply, you plant corn seeds, you water them, they grow, and a few months later you get a harvest of corn. You reap whatever you put into the ground. You can’t expect to get potatoes if you only planted corn.
The principle of sowing and reaping remains true for all other areas of our lives. Whatever we sow, we will reap in return. It is the law of the harvest. When we plant seed, we are giving our time, finances, and energy. Maybe you need to plant seeds of kindness or encouragement. There are many areas you can start sowing. What areas in your life do you need to sow seed? Do you sow time into your family? Do you need opportunity? Starting sowing faithfulness. We want to experience God’s blessing, but we never start planting anything. Then, we look around at other people who are being blessed and get upset at God. God blesses that which we give and entrust to Him. Give God something to bless. As a farmer plants seeds in the spring and reaps a harvest in the fall, sometimes our blessing comes in a different season. Don’t be discouraged if your blessing doesn’t drop from the sky. On the other hand, don’t be surprised if God blesses your efforts to bless others. God blesses you in unexpected ways when you step out. Take your seed, plant it, and in due time you will reap a harvest. Start planting!