Summary: In Pt. 2 I want to look at and focus in on reaping. There is much said in God’s Word on this subject.
In Pt.1 we primarily discussed the law of sowing. We talked about the seed and how God ordained seed to have life in itself from the very beginning starting in the book of Genesis. We also discussed how the whole purpose of the seed was to produce after its own kind.
Genesis 1:11 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth’’; and it was so. 12. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
In Pt. 2 I want to look at and focus in on reaping. There is much said in God’s Word on this subject. Some have jumped in on this and said this is greedy Christianity. That may be so if the Christians who are trying to operate under this law have greedy motives and are out to try and manipulate God’s Word in an attempt to create wealth for themselves. Your motives would be wrong. God sees our heart. Greed and covetousness is a sin and He does not bless it, He just doesn’t work that way. He is a giver of the highest magnitude. He gave so that He could get, but His motives were based out of the highest form of love, He gave to get us. When we get to the point where we are giving out of love to promote God’s business and further His kingdom, then we are sowing in such a way that places us in a position to reap a great harvest.
We all know John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God so loved that He gave. You might say, yea well what’s your point. God gave because it was the only way to receive His most valuable harvest, eternal life for His greatest creation, man. If The seed had not fallen into the ground and died and was reborn, we would still be dead in our trespasses and sins.
John 12:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
This was the most unselfish gift ever given, and this certainly was giving for a specific goal in mind. In order for God to reap the great harvest, He first had to sow. I hope you see my point in this. Is this greed or selfishness on God’s part? Absolutely not! The complete opposite is true. This was sowing for a purpose, a great harvest of eternal life for us all. If we are out to try and build great storehouses of wealth for ourselves we are operating outside of the purpose of God. The whole purpose of sowing is so that we can reap a harvest, and the whole purpose of the harvest is to what? Ask yourself what would happen if a farmer planted 1000 acres of soybeans, then when harvest time came around he did nothing. He wouldn’t harvest them or for some reason he could not harvest them, and he just let the soybeans rot. You would probably say that this farmer was not a good steward. What farmer would spend that much time and effort and money and do absolutely nothing at harvest time? I can’t imagine this kind of thing happening in the natural, no farmer would allow that to happen. No, the whole purpose of sowing the soybeans is so that you could reap the harvest that would come from your effort. There is a definite purpose for all this effort. Yet when it comes to spiritual things we say well, I don’t want anything in return. YOU SHOULD! This is how God builds His kingdom, and He uses us to do it. Who else is He going to use? We’re it, He doesn’t have anybody else.
If you are sowing in obedience to God’s Word and His will, then He wants you to reap a harvest. You will take that great harvest and then have the ability to do even greater things for God’s kingdom.
This is not greed or impure motives, it’s sowing in obedience to God’s Word for the purpose of building up God’s kingdom. If you want to build up God’s kingdom then you have to have the wherewithal to accomplish God’s goals, and it must be done God’s way, not your way. Religion would tell you to give in order to earn your way and be accepted, we are already accepted, we have been made accepted in the beloved Christ Jesus. (Eph:1:6).