“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” – 2nd Corinthians 9:6 (KJV)
I read this Bible verse at the beginning of this year. It is a popular verse, and you’ve probably read it several times in the past as well.
To get a full glimpse of its context, we can look at the next couple of verses…
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” (2nd Corinthians 9:7 and 8)
We can see that verse seven is speaking of giving, and the next verse is speaking of God’s ability to return sufficiently for all our giving.
If you and I are going to plant seeds this year, let’s do so bountifully in faith!
Proverbs 22:9 says, “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.”
It is common sense if we only plant three tomato plants, our fruit-bearing will be small, especially considering that some tomatoes will be eaten by predators along the way.
If we plant 10 tomato plants, we will have a much bigger yield.
Additionally, if we plant twice as much, we will have a great amount of fruitful supply at the end of the season…. Enough that we may find ourselves unabashedly giving some away, and also in the process of canning or freezing some for the scarce winter months ahead.
Times are getting tough in our economy, but let’s not reduce our faith sparingly. Let’s have bountiful eyes for the new year ahead.
Plant plenty of seeds this year…. sow bountifully!
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
Although we generally think about giving of our money, food, and supplies…
Let’s take it further in giving of our time… and investing more time in the Word of God and prayer this year.
If we spend a small amount of time with someone, rarely do we build a close relationship with them. When we pour more time and energy into conversing with someone and spending time with them, we often build a close relationship with that person.
Plant more time in the Word of God and in prayer this year…and gather a bountiful supply of faith and God’s goodness.
Happy New Year!
Let’s keep walking in faith!