2 Corinthians 9:6 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully.”
What does it mean to sow seeds? Sowing seeds can be compared to the actions of a farmer. A farmer plants seeds and expects the seeds to produce a harvest. During the waiting period the farmer waters the planted seeds regularly.
Just like a farmer, Christians are called to sow many different types of seeds. We are called to sow seeds of kindness, love and hope into those around us; as well as seeds of our time, talents and resources into the kingdom of God. Once seeds are sown, we are to water them with the word of God and look to Him for the harvest.
The thought of being loving and caring 24/7 sounds great, but our human nature often tries to take over. It’s easy to sow good seeds when we are feeling refreshed, energized and the recipient of our seeds is kind and loving in return. What about when someone is being selfish and unappreciative? That often zaps the motivation to keep sowing the seeds for God’s kingdom that are much needed.
What does it cost to sow seeds? Many people assume all the seeds they need to sow are included in their weekly tithe or other financial means of giving. Not all seeds have dollar signs attached. Calling an elderly person to brighten their day, taking the time to throw a ball with your kid and volunteering at a local food pantry are just a few ways to sow good seeds that only require time.
How often do I need to sow seeds? There is not a quota to meet, per say, but 2 Corinthians 9:6 talks about sowing bountifully. As you step out and do good and help others, you will became a target for the blessings of the Lord.
One single person is not called to take care of the needs of everyone, but we do need to listen to the Holy Spirit as He directs us where and when to help others in need. God has a plan for everyone and it is a plan that benefits the advancement of the kingdom of God.
One last thought about sowing seeds for today. Some people attach their own wants and desires with the seeds they sow. They put stipulations on how people should use the money they donate and how someone should react. Or some believers expect some sort of good deed in return.
Remember what the Bible says about seeds in 1 Corinthians 15:37-38: “And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.”
Remember that it’s not up to us to control how others respond – God has it all under control!
Seated in Him,
Sowers Reap International