“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, 

‘They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.’


For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 (NLT)



Paul was challenging the church in Corinth specifically in their giving to the ministry. He used the common example of the law of the harvest to illustrate this point. They would reap what they sowed. Where they invested their resource, they would experience God’s multiplication of their efforts. God would provide them with seed, but it was the people’s decision about what they would do with the seed. Just because the seed may look small and inconsequential, they shouldn’t be held back. The right time to plant is when a person has something small in their hand. God would produce a harvest in their lives if they were willing to diligently sow good seed into the ground where they were already standing.


The principle of sowing and reaping can be applied to all areas of our lives. Yet, one component that is often overlooked is that we get to choose the field in which we sow seed. Sometimes we stand at the edge of a field that is in a drought and keep sowing seed that is not leading to fruitfulness. It can be confusing to wrestle the promise with our reality. How are we not gathering a harvest from our sowing? Faithfulness sown in the wrong field won’t lead to the desired outcome. However, since we get to choose the fields in which we sow, then we have an active part in the process. The farmer doesn’t sit back and wish seed to grow. He gets in the field and works the ground. He puts forth effort, toil, and sweat. He understands that crops have to be rotated in the fields so that they don’t deplete the ground of its nutrients. He understands that every seed won’t produce. He is preparing for a coming season by investing in the work today. We want to reap what we sow, but sometimes we sit back and wait for someone else to do the planting. Getting a new job, selling a house, or raising a child all require effort and action on our part. We have to plant the seed before it can grow. Instead of waiting for water to nourish seed that you haven’t planted, it’s time to reevaluate if you are planting, how much seed to sow into the ground, and where we are sowing seed. Our fruitfulness isn’t just connected to how much seed we throw on the ground but ensuring that we are planting it in the right ground.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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