The philosophy of the world is to get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can. This isn't the way of the Kingdom of God though as Tony shares.
As I mentioned previously, God operates His universe by laws that work when we apply the principles. They are as consistent as God Himself. Just as the Law of Gravity works every time, so do His laws concerning giving. A great illustration of this is when the Bible says, "Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over." Luke 6:38
Remember, that we don't give to earn God's love. We give because we have already received His love, and from this place we operate in His principles.
The bible says that God gives seed to the sower. As we begin to prosper in His ways we cannot take credit, as He gave us the seed to begin with. Mark 4 is a wonderful chapter to study, as the whole chapter is Jesus teaching on this subject. We have not time to look at this chapter in depth here, but I encourage you to do so. It teaches on different soils, sowing, and increase.
It is not wrong to expect a harvest when you sow. It is not selfish, unless our motives for wanting to receive are. Every farmer expects a harvest from what he sows. Without a harvest, there is no seed to sow for the next harvest. But remember as your harvest arrives, don't eat all the seed, keep sowing. It is important not just to scatter seed anywhere but to find good soil and sow there. There is no return from bad soil sowing.
In 2 Kings 4: 1-7, we read about the prophet Elisha... A woman comes to him with great need. Her husband had been a servant of the prophet, and had died leaving her in great financial need. Because of the debt, her sons were facing slavery. Elisha asks her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" God is always more interested in what we have than what we don't have. The widow was telling Elisha what she didn't have, but he wanted to know what she did have. What she didn't have could not help her or anybody else. But what she did have was the seed to her miracle. The oil she had was small in amount, and she was asked to place it into large vessels. She could have been excused for thinking that the little she had was insignificant. But sown in obedience to the prophet it was multiplied and became a blessing to her and to many.
Even in a time of need, taking a financial seed and sowing it in good soil is our way into the provision of God. Remember what I said some months ago. The philosophy of the world is to get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can. The Kingdom of Heaven is built on generosity and giving, because the answer to the need is always in the seed.
Never think your seed is too small to sow into a large ministry. Trees grow from mustard seeds and great Oaks were once an acorn!
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