Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Universal Law of Sowing and Reaping

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." (2 Corinthians 9:6)

If you plant an apple seed, then water and fertilize it, over time you will grow an apple tree. If you plant a kernel of corn, you will soon have a corn plant. It's that simple.

The Bible teaches us this universal law of sowing and reaping: we get what we plant in our lives. If we plant destructive thoughts and patterns in our lives, that's what we will get back in return. If we plant the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, we will receive love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Money works the same way. If we don't plant "money seeds" in our lives, in our churches, in our communities, and in the lives of those around us, we will never see a return on investment. If we horde and become selfish with the money God has given to us, it will lead to spiritual and financial bankruptcy. Maybe not here on earth, but we will not receive as full of a reward in heaven as we possibly can if we we're being an excellent steward of all He has given us to manage.

It's time for Christians in America to quit being so ridiculously selfish with their money. As believers in Jesus Christ, we should be the best money managers, wealth creators, and givers. Instead, though, I think we are unfortunately viewed as tightwads, selfish, and cheap. We've chased after a lot of stuff, toys, big cars, and big houses to keep up with the Joneses, and now we're debt-ridden, living paycheck to paycheck with no margin in our lives.

I don't know about you, but when I stand before the King, I want to hear him say to me, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:21)

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