Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Power of Sowing and Reaping

          When we give to God, God promises to bless us in return. The Israelites were told to give to the poor and to expect God’s blessing in return, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to” (Deuteronomy 15:10 NIV). The sage writes, “Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return” (Ecclesiastes 11:1 NIV)
Wisdom literature declares, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV) and “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV).
The last book in the Old Testament reads, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10 NIV).
Paul writes, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV) and again, “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7 NIV).
            There is no dispute in the body of Christ concerning giving because virtually every church asks their members to give to the work of the Lord. The area of disagreement is in the area of receiving. Can the believer expect something from God in return for his giving? I believe the answer is yes. God is a rewarder.  “He rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV).  

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