Christians often speak about the principle of sowing and reaping. In today’s post we will read what the bible says about this and it’s application.
01. The Sabbath rest
We must take a break from our ministry/work on a periodical basis. Someone said “Take a break from ministry before the ministry breaks you.” (Exodus 23:10-11)
02. You get more than you sow.
You will always receive more than you give. The parable of the sower is very clear on this. (Matthew 13:8-9)
03. Break up the unplowed ground
The potential is buried under the earth. Breaking it is hard work. But the rewards are worthwhile. (Jeremiah 4:3)
04. You must sow in a prepared field
You must sow to a ministry that bears fruit. Don’t be led by your emotions. Pray and ask the Lord to lead you in your giving. (Matthew 13:8-9)
05. Hard work always brings a reward
Sometimes, sowing may be tough work. However, when it is harvest time, there is unspeakable joy! (Psalms 126:5-6)
06. You reap the same kind as you sow.
If you sow Basmati (a very expensive type of rice), you will reap Basmati. The same principle applies to love, honor etc. If you honor your spouse, he or she will honor you in return. (Galatians 6:7-8)
07. God gives bread to eat and seed to sow.
God provides for consumption as well as for investment. We should not consume the seed, but invest it. (2 Corinthians 9:10)
08. You reap in proportion to what you sow
If you sow a little seed, your harvest also will be little. On the other hand, if you sow generously, you will reap much. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
09. You need to patiently wait for the harvest.
Every crop has a time frame. We need to endure patiently until the harvest. (Galatians 6:9)
10. Sowing & Reaping is done in partnership
Sometimes you will reap what others have sown. Then there will be times where others will reap what you have sown. (John 4:36-38)
11. When we do our part God will do his part.
God sends the rain in due time. We can’t manufacture rain. That is His business. We must do what we can do (sow) and God will do what we cannot do (send rain)! Isaiah 30:23
12. Your old harvest will still be there when the new comes in
You will never run short of blessings. God’s provision enables you to continually enjoy his blessings. (Leviticus 26:10)
Taken from a study written by Rev. Chrysantha Tillekeratne for “Dunamis Pastors' School of Ministry”