This is the third teaching, in the series of five, on the subject of giving and receiving that I was asked write for my church.
We understand that when you place an apple seed in the ground, that seed will produce a tree full of apples.
Seedtime & harvest has been around since the very beginning. It is a system which God set up, in order for there to be a plenteous supply of everything on the Earth. We have had no trouble grasping the principle when it comes to the planting of physical seeds. We understand that when you place an apple seed in the ground, with sunlight and rain, that small seed will produce a tree full of apples, and each apple will be full of its own seeds. We may not fully understand the process, but we are confident that it works. Generally speaking though, the Church has had trouble applying the same principle to the financial realm.
The New Testament is full of examples of financial giving producing increase.
The New Testament is full of examples of financial giving producing increase. In Mark 10:29-30 Jesus promised, “Nobody leaves home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property for my sake and the Gospel’s without getting back a hundred times over, now in this present life, homes and brothers and sisters, mothers and children and land—though not without persecution” (J.B.Phillips New Testament). Notice that this list contains homes and lands – these are physical things, and Jesus is promising a hundredfold return. Paul also talks about the principal of sowing and reaping in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8:
“He who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]” (Amplified Bible).
If you give using teaspoon measures, then God will use teaspoons to measure back to you.
When you give generously, with a cheerful heart, God has promised to supply you over and above your needs, so that you will not just have a small amount to give away, but you will have an “abundance for every good work and charitable donation”. Look at Luke 6:38 from the Easy to Read Version, “Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you”. How you give; whether it be directly to others, or to God via regularly offerings at church, via a Christian ministry, or whatever; makes all the difference. If you give using teaspoon measures, then God will use teaspoons to measure back to you. But if you give using buckets, or even trucks, that is what God will use when measuring back to you. So start applying the principle of seedtime and harvest in your giving, not forgetting the foundation of tithing.
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