Day 12 – Sow A Seed

“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10

I often say that “harvest only responds to seed.” Though some may be cynical and even laugh about the whole concept of sowing financial seed to receive financial harvest, that is exactly the context of the above-referenced scripture. Paul was receiving an offering from the church at Corinth to help the other struggling churches. He encouraged them to “sow bountifully” so they could “reap…bountifully” (2 Cor. 9:6).

Sowing, planting, or giving financial seed in anticipation of tangible harvest is a biblical “mystery of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11). Throughout the scriptures we see people who received what they wanted by giving what they needed. Such was the case of the widow woman who made Elijah a cake first with what she thought was her last, and the widow woman who used her last bit of oil that God miraculously increased. Even Jesus feeding the 5000, (not including the women and children), started with a mere “five barley loaves and two small fishes” (John 6:9).

I don’t know what you need or what you desire but you must give God something to work with. Sow and seed to meet your need. That seed may be financial into the church or time with a person. It could also be taking something that you have to bless someone else. When we are willing to release something that is in our hand, God will release something that is in His hand. On the other hand, if you keep your hand close, not only is nothing released but nothing can be received.

Faith Stretching Exercises:
1. What is that you have that you can use as a seed?
2. Ask the Lord what He wants you to give/sow and to whom?
3. The next time you prepare your “standard” offering, ask God is this the amount He wants you to sow.
4. Meditate on the following scriptures: Luke 6:38, 2 Cor. 9:6-8, Eccl. 11:1-6, Prov.
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