How to Have Abundance

And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, Genesis 26:12 ESV

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As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. Job 4:8 ESV
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 ESV
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV
 

The celebration of the harvest time is universal.  Food enables our very life.  The law of the harvest is that we reap what we sow.  This principle applies to both the physical and the spiritual.

There is always much ado when a person in charge of the spiritual harvest has an abundant personal physical harvest.  It seems the “world” of news reporters want to report only on the physical harvest, or the possessions, of a man/woman of God.  The news rarely shares what the person sowed. Evidently it is not as interesting of a story if you report this person has donated ten million dollars to charity and now lives in a million dollar home.  It seems much more sensational to report that he is a pastor and lives in a multi-million dollar home.  We think, “how many people could that feed?’  This pricks all of our secular-judgment-buttons, whether you are a person of faith or not. In fact, we tend to think in relative terms: e.g. if I live in a $200,000 home then a $500,000 home seems excessive.  If I live in a $30k home a $100k home seems excessive.  I am not condoning a multi-million dollar home for anyone, but I am reminded that God chose to give great material wealth to King Solomon, the same man who he imparted great wisdom.  When we place our focus on man we will NEVER be content in anything [Philippians 4:11-12].

If we truly believe that a man reaps what he sows, then why should we worry about someone else?  After all, if he has not earned what he has rightly, then what he has will be taken from him.  If not in this lifetime, surely the next. It is not my nor your responsibility to make the judgment.  The law and our perfect Judge will do this from a position of having all of the facts.  As we study the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, we learn that money makes money and it is easily transferred to the spiritual realm: time and effort invested in spiritual matters brings positive spiritual growth.  Jesus promises in Matthew 6 that the Father provides for our every need in this lifetime, and admonishes us not to worry about what we see or cannot see at the moment, because it is seen by the Father!  He gave us the way to conquer worry:  “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV

Our family has experienced this law of the harvest in many ways. One example happened in the year when I finally understood the law of tithing and knew that I must begin giving ten percent of all that God gives us — back to Him.  Immediately after I began tithing, I was contracted again by a former client out of the blue [or from the blue heavens, I think of it!].  God impressed upon me the amount of income that would come of it, out of gratitude I wanted to give the first fruits back to Him.  So the very first ten percent that came to me: I gave to our church.  I did not have a contract from the client which told me I would be guaranteed the full amount of money that God promised, I just had become familiar enough with how God was leading me from reading His Word, that I KNEW that God would be faithful.  And He was. PERIOD. You may think, “well, it is easy to do that with a small amount of money.”  I must tell you that this was equal to my annual full time salary at a corporation, therefore ten percent of it was not a small amount in my eyes. I know if I would have shared this with anyone at the time, even serious Christians, they would have questioned my intellect.  God’s ways don’t make sense to us because we only have a little bit of knowledge compared to the one who knows all [Romans 11:34].

The principles of the harvest do apply and when we are generous to sow into others [our time, money, love, faithfulness, prayer] we are richly rewarded.  Reward is relative because it is sometimes intrinsic only.  Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”  John 15:11 ESV

So at this present time of the literal autumn harvest, rather than us Christians spending our time judging and criticizing the things we cannot see, like whether or not someone else should have a big house or a little one, which leads to discontent; let us spend our time on the ONE who sees all, knows all and provides all in abundance, doing what is right with all of our assets and talents. So choose this day whom you will serve, knowing that you cannot serve both God and money [Matthew 6:24]. Let us give to God what He asks and take care of the widows and the orphans  – after all, that is what God calls true religion [James 1:27].

In addition to a solid biblical church, there are many trustworthy organizations that feed the hungry, rescue the oppressed, dig water wells for the thirsty and clothe the poor.  Please do your homework before choosing a charity, because there are also organizations that are sowing for themselves.  It is good to check charitable status with the government and with your trustworthy friends who have had direct experience with an organization.

Lord, lead teach us and lead us by your Word, through your Spirit so that we may be found trustworthy.  I thank you for your faithfulness and your desire to reward your children in creative and wonderful ways.  I am grateful for your promise to prosper and not to harm us, and to give us a hope and a future.  I pray that we also may prosper others from the abundance you provide us physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.  Make us generous and help us to fully trust in your promise to care for our every need as we sow and reap. Amen.

“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 23:22 NIV

 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. Amos 9:13 ESV 

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