“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9.6 NAS).
God has given us each unmerited favor. We all have been given grace and mercy and blessings that we don’t deserve when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Namely, we have been given right-standing with God, so we can dwell with Him for eternity in heaven. However, God makes it obvious in His Word that His system of reaping and sowing on earth is not a socialistic structure. The amount of seeds we invest in God’s Kingdom will decide the amount of fruit that we get to enjoy and share with others. There is a disconnect if we think we can enjoy God’s fullness if we invest no resource, no effort and no time. From this we can understand two things. First, our efforts must be rooted in the Vine of Jesus Christ. From the start if we are not sowing our seeds in obedience to the Holy Spirit, the fruit we grow will not be eternal and they will not continue with us into eternity. Second, once we are submitted to the Holy Spirit’s will, we can sow bountifully. Sowing may sound like a pretty word in our culture today, but in actuality it takes work and sacrifice and there is little return for your time until the rains finally come in. We can be reassured, though. When the rains are withheld and our efforts seem to not be making a difference, we can trust that God stands by His Word. We will reap what we have sown.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6.7 NIV).