“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22, NKJV).
God has established certain laws in creation which should not only bring us great comfort but should be considered a personal witness of God’s faithfulness. I’m sure you would agree the law of gravity is essential; as we would not wish to step outside and simply float off into space. What if daytime lasted the entire 24-hour period? Some workaholics may salivate over that proposition, but the reality is, our bodies would never truly be able to rest, and our overall health would be greatly affected.
Even the varied seasons of the year factor into our growth and productivity, and that of nature. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, NKJV). Laws are built-into our very existence. We depend on the fact that when we plant an apple seed, cucumbers aren’t produced. If all the mitigating circumstances are met; plenty of water, fertilizer and sunshine, etc., we may expect a harvest of apples, because every seed produces after its own kind (Genesis 1:11).
No doubt, the laws of seedtime and harvest, sowing and reaping are woven into the fabric of creation. Because this is so, we may conclude that the same principle applies to finances also. Let’s look at Scripture:
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So, let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, NKJV).
If someone was asked why one person becomes rich while another is poor; the usual mistaken remark is that God picks and chooses. But if God is no respecter of people (Acts 10:34), we must conclude that we have something to do with our financial outcome. While we are not talking about simply making money for our own uses and pursuits, money is required for the Gospel to go forth: churches must keep their doors open, missionaries must be sent, and Bibles must be printed.
God’s way of financing the work of the kingdom is, initially, through the tithe (See Malachi 3:8-10). If we treat the tithe as a seed planted for the kingdom, we are promised that our seed will multiply, very much as an apple seed produces a harvest of a nearly infinite number of apples and seeds; our financial seed will produce a harvest of money. Consider the following:
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.” (Luke 6:38, NKJV).
If you haven’t discovered the blessing associated with tithing; giving and sowing financial seed, I encourage you to begin today. Tithe to your local church and give offerings over and above. We know we can’t take a single dime with us, but the resulting harvest, if sown into the kingdom, will be ours forever! Until then, we are assured God will supply all our needs.
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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