“Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously…” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
This familiar agricultural picture of a farmer planting crops for harvest was a well-known Proverb of the day. Everyone knew that if you planted seeds sparingly the size of the harvest would suffer. But if you sowed your seed generously the size of the harvest would be great. The same can be said of our spiritual abundance–when we give to God generously, with a cheerful heart, we reap His blessings and rewards.
You can’t deny the principle of sowing and reaping in Scripture – from the Old Testament to the New – those who sow generously reap well and those who hoard what they’ve been entrusted with eventually run out. It’s an issue of trust—when we let go of what we have, He gives us more than enough in return. But when we cling to what we have, we eventually lose it.
However, whenever Jesus talked about good stewards – the reward for doing well is always being entrusted with more. The more isn’t always money or tangible resources – it also includes more joy, responsibility, peace, faith and other non-material rewards. We reap bountifully and bear fruit for God’s kingdom when we sow generously. This passage goes on to say that we must not give reluctantly, grudgingly or out of compulsion. None of these attitudes would constitute a “cheerful giver”. When we give out of obligation or due to legalistic pressure we miss the point. We serve a generous God and when we give out of our joy we become more like Him.
Prayer: Jesus, I thank You for what You’ve entrusted me with. I pray You help me to sow it generously so a bountiful harvest can be brought in for Your Kingdom. Amen.