Greetings to the generous and appreciative people of God!
Ray and I have been deluged with cards, notes, and many gestures of appreciation that have been given to us during this past Pastor Appreciation Month. We thank you for your generosity. We treasure each expression and acknowledge that God is at work in you, and that comes at a cost to the giver. We ask God to honour His Word, and bless you back. It’s the law of sowing and reaping. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly”.
Whatever you sow in life, you’re going to reap. Whatever you deposit is going to be returned to you. If you sow complaints & criticism in life, you are going to reap criticism from other people. If you sow kindness, you’re going to reap kindness. It’s the law of the harvest. If you plant apple seeds, you don’t get pears; you get apples. If you sow with generosity, you will reap generosity.
This is the principle of the harvest: Whenever you have a need, plant a seed. When a farmer looks at his barren fields, he doesn’t gripe about it. He just goes out, buys equipment, invests time, purchases seed, and starts planting. If he only has a little bit of seed, he has a choice. He can either hoard it, or he can seem to throw it away. If he holds on to it, that’s all he’s got. If he gives it away, God will multiply it. The amazing thing is this: You don’t just reap what you sow. You always reap more than you sow!
It seems impossible, but God says: “Cast your bread upon the waters, and it will return to you after many days“! God set life up this way. He wants you to become like Him. God is a giver. The only way that you’re ever going to become like Him is to learn to be generous. When you’re generous, you’re like God. When you give away, God multiplies it.
This sounds illogical — to give away when you have a need so that you will get more back. It does require faith! Can you think of a time when have you received from God or others, more than you gave away?
East Zorra, don’t be weary in well-doing. Keep being the generous people of God!