I frequently get questions about the topic of sowing and reaping. Especially after my blog on Tithing – Tithing: The Great Commission
We all know and understand that in the natural when something is sown we reap an increased quantity of what we sow.
I doubt you’ll find many farmers who are surprised to be harvesting crops of wheat after planting wheat seeds, it’s perfectly natural.
So do I believe in the principle of sowing and reaping. Yes.
But I do agree with the many people that object to preachers declaring that if you stick a $10 bill in the offering you will get a $100 back.
Does that happen? Sure, but it’s far from a formula… God isn’t a rigged slot machine where you just stick your penny in and push the button. This type of teaching can be really damaging and often does far more harm than good.
However, it doesn’t change the truth that if you sow in finances you will typically at some point in some way reap a harvest financially. Paul while talking about financial giving makes this statement:
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Cor 9:6
There is great Biblical precedent for believing that God will bless us when we bless others.
But are we missing the point?
With that said I think there is something much bigger that we are missing when we solely focus on this truth.
I do love sowing and reaping – there is something beautiful about taking something that is good for today and planting it in the ground so that it might become something greater in the future. I totally love that God has established natural and spiritual laws that are there to bless us and bring increase upon our lives.
But, all that said, natural or spiritual, a law is a law, it is a system where we do something to get something.
It’s true, but it’s not a full revelation of God’s heart for your provision.
There is a higher truth.
I’d like to propose to you two options, one that is routed in an old covenant way of thinking and the other in the new covenant.
The first is the principle I’ve already talked about, it involves you giving and being blessed for that, reaping a harvest for what you sow.
It goes with all the rest of the old covenant – dependant on your actions either a blessing or a curse will follow you.
Which is great… when you do the right thing.
However as Paul said to the Galatians if you want to go back to the law and try to do something to earn merit, favour or blessing with God, you choose to forsake grace, you will be under the curse that came with the law. Law could bring blessing or curse, law results in serious consequence for every action. Now while we know that law has potential to produce blessing it is something that is at enmity with the way we were created to function. We were not created to operate out of law but rather out of grace and freedom.
So what is this model for new covenant living?
It is for you to recognise that you are already blessed. Sure you can work for your blessing – but honestly why would you? Christ has declared you blessed, rich and God’s precious son or daughter!
You see out of this place we surprisingly give more! Do you think God sent Christ to the cross so He could selfishly get more and fill a lack? Or as a radical overflow of His abundance and desire to share that?
We are called to live in the same way! The model is no longer “Give and it will be given to you” but rather “Freely you have received now freely give”.
It amazes me that as new covenant believers we have taken Jesus’ words and made them “Freely give and you will freely receive.”
So that’s my question for you today:
Do you want to freely give from the depths of God’s grace which has already been freely lavished upon you?
Or do you want to “freely” get because you have a checked box next to giving on your to-do list?