BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Proverbs 11:24 (NIV) “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
From the beginning of time, one of the things that God had established with Adam and Eve was the process of sewing and harvest. In Genesis 8:22, God said, “As long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest.”
Planting and harvesting is both a natural and spiritual cycle. Regarding the natural, if you don’t plant seeds during the proper time or season, you will not produce a harvest or crop that will bring forth food. Farmers—who depend on their crops to obtain monetary resources that will allow them to pay their bills, buy clothes, support their families and put food on their tables—must plant first before the crop brings forth a harvest.
For the natural, if you plant more seeds, then—more than likely—you will see a bigger harvest. However, if you plant a few seeds, you will only see a small return. We have to realize that the more good seeds we plant in life, the more good will come back in return.
On that same note, if we are planting bad seeds, then we should expect a bad harvest. Paul addressed the Church of Galatia by noting that whatever you sow, you will reap. As believers, we read in the Bible that our spiritual blessings are based on the very sowing and reaping process as it is in the natural. Seeds produce after their own kind—for example, if you sow pear seeds, you will reap a pear tree. The same logic applies that if you sow forgiveness, then forgiveness will be given back to you. God illustrates to us that what you sow today, you will reap in the future.
Many people are suffering financially and they try all kinds of remedies, except the one that matters the most to gain more of a financial harvest. Your finances are no different. If you sow financial seeds unto the Lord for the advancement of kingdom building, you will reap a financial harvest. We live in a world today in which many people have become untrustworthy. In many cases, you can’t trust your own family, so-called friends, the government and even church leaders because many have been compromised. However, the one you can trust is God, and His promises that He has placed on your life.
No matter what your need is today, you have it in seed form. It is your duty to plant the seeds that God has placed inside of you, so that you can produce a great harvest. When you put your trust in God, you will find that He is faithful to His word. Know that when you give, it will come back to you in greater measure. When you give more, you will receive more. I am a living testimony that if you take a seed and sow it, God will grow it.
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