GENEROSITY CHANGES EVERYTHING: Think like a Farmer (5 things farmers don’t forget) 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 NASB

Today, I want you to think like a farmer. The first thing you’ll learn about farming is you’ll never see a farmer who refuses to plant seeds, sitting around expecting a harvest. About this farmer: This particular farmer may attend church regularly, be a good family man, have devotions every day and share his faith with others, but he’s not going to get a harvest without first planting. <!–split–>

This thought came to me to challenge you with. “On a day-to-day basis, how do you plant spiritual seed?” First we hear. We have to get desperate and intentional. We get in His presence. We understand God is the only satisfaction. We adore Him.

Second, we do. We go into His Throne Room of Grace and linger and learn. Thirdly, we confess we’re empty without Him; therefore, we let go, and He takes over. We stay silent and listen as He speaks. He fills our seemingly empty shell; He walks up and down the avenues of our heart changing what He may will, and when we feel a release, there will be satisfaction that the world can’t give.” Again, the law of sowing and reaping is built into creation.

Remember Genesis 8:22 NASB.  All the days of the earth, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Once more, seed-time and harvest are universal laws.

In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10, Paul concludes his appeal by pointing to the benefits the Corinthians will reap as a result of generous giving. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Proverbs 11:24-25 TLB.  It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself. Again, I want you to think like a farmer thinks. Just as you’ll never see a farmer refuse to plant seed, you’ll never see a farmer eat the seed he should be planting. If a farmer is going to reap a harvest, he knows he must start with a seed, not his need. Jesus said in Luke 6:38 TMm “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.” Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Some of us approach God from a need standpoint, “I can’t give to the Lord because I have to pay these bills.” Remember, we’re still thinking like farmers, right? Again, some say, “I got bills to pay.” Farmers don’t say, “I can’t plant this seed even though it’ll yield a good crop, because I’m hungry right now. “A wise farmer saves for a rainy day.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP. Let each one give (thoughtfully and with purpose) just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift). According to verse 7, this is a well thought-out process. “This is where your faith kicks in. Even though it’s tempting to eat your seed, sow that seed into the ground anyway!” Hebrews 11:6 NASB.  But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. When a farmer plants his seed instead of eating it, it’s an act of faith that his seed will turn into a harvest. Remember, harvest takes time—Let faith kick in! *Time to Pray *Time to Love * Time to wait, watch and reap.

Yes, reap the harvest! (part two in December Chimes)