Answering the who, what, why, how, and when questions about biblical sowing and reaping
“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” (Luke 6:38).
Just like any other laws of God, the way to be great is to be small, the way to be a leader is to be a servant. The way to live is to die, the way to receive is to give.
Who Should You Give to?
- First to God. Give thanks, praises, worship, adoration, offering to your God. He deserves it. “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psa29:2).
- Give to the household of Faith. Paul says, “As we have therefore opportunity,let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal6:10).
- Give to your spouse, children, family members, loved ones, friends, colleagues, neighbors, co-workers, even yourself. Pro3:27 says, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.”
- Give to those in need; widows, orphans, the poor, etc. Pro 19:17 says, “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (Jas 1:27).
What Can You Give?
Give thanks to God as if you are giving him something physical.
Be intentional with it.
Give money, encouragement, appreciation, and so on.
Give your time, presence, ears, etc.
Be sincere with it.
Be a candle. One candle can light a thousand candles without losing its own light or shine.
The Blessing of Giving
Aside from the fact that giving gives us a deep sense of satisfaction and contentment, it is also a way God uses to bless us. Act20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Remember, whatever you give will come back to you in “good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” Paul says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal 6:7).
Also, don’t forget that “with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”
So, give bountifully, so you’d give bountifully. If you give sparingly, you will receive bountifully (2Cor 9:6). It’s like what the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes says, “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days” (Ecc 11:1).
The Law of Sowing and Reaping
One thing is sure, when you give, you will always receive, it is a law! That is why you should give every time you have the opportunity to give. It’s like sowing.
You may find it a bit difficult to sow at the beginning, but the joy is when the harvest comes. Yield to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes that says, “In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good” (Ecc 11:6).
This is what the book of Proverbs has to say, “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Pro 11:24-25).
It is the planting season, it is time to give, for the harvest is coming.
Prepare for a bountiful harvest – be generous!
Start giving today!