2 Corinthians 9:6-15
6Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
10For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
11Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
13As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.15Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
Planting and harvesting is one of my favorite word pictures from the bible. You put something into the ground and more of the same thing comes up.
My son Beale has developed a green thumb. This year for Easter, he received a small trowel and several packets of seeds. He promptly cleared space in one of our flower beds and planted his seeds. He waters and checks his little seedlings on a daily basis. Already we are noticing the truth in verse 6 – plant a little and get a lot back.
Beale loves the law of planting and harvesting.
Paul shares on this law here and in Galatians 6. Jesus teaches from it in Luke 19 and Matthew 13. Old Testament authors refer to sowing and reaping in their writing (Psalm 112; Proverbs 11).
The law of planting and harvesting is an important principle to God. If it’s important to God, it’s important to us. We need to incorporate it in every area of our lives – especially finances.
Plant, Harvest, Repeat
In this passage, Paul points out a critical component. God begins the process.
In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources…(vs 10)
Yes, you will be enriched in every way…(vs 11)
God sows in us, so we can reap rewards. Unfortunately, too many people stop there. They experience the grace of God, but they don’t repeat the process. They simply receive the increase and hold it.
God expects us to reinvest – sow back into others.
…and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. (vs 10)
…so that you can be generous. (vs 11)
God plants in us, so we can harvest the benefits. Then we can turn around and sow in others. Why? So God can reap glory!
So two good things will result from this ministry of giving — the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. (vs 12)
As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. (vs 13)
It doesn’t end there. When we plant into others, they harvest the blessing and plant back into others!
And they will pray for you with deep affection…(vs 14)
Wow. A few seeds planted. An entire crop harvested.
Thank God for this gift is too wonderful for words! (vs 15)
Today, take stock of your life. Financially, what has God planted in you? How are you to reinvest that into others?