He Multiplies the Seed Sown
2 Cor 9:10 “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”
2 Cor 9:10 (NIV) “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
I think this will be one of the last posts that I will make this year but hopefully not the least impactful. The bottom line is this; we must have faith that God multiplies the seed that we sow, the gifts that we give. In a sense, we are not just being generous. By faith, we believe that God does something supernatural with the seed we sow. When we give to God, to the things of God, we are not just giving money away. What we give is not lost to us, nor is it invested for a return that we can only receive in Heaven. Supernatural “increase,” the multiplication of the seed we’ve sown, the “fruits” of our “righteousness” giving are promised to us by God.
I don’t believe that you can experience the fullness of the joy of giving without the faith that God will bless, multiply, increase the seed you’ve sown, cause it to bear fruit back to you AFTER you have sown it. Yes, there is a blessing in just being generous, and yes, the Bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). But there is still joy and blessing in receiving. Without some level of receiving, we could never be able to continue to give.
One of the coolest things about this verse for me is that God gives us the seed to sow. God gives us the resources to be able to give! If I have faith that God gives me the seed, it makes it easier to give away/sow. If I add to that the faith needed to receive the harvest, the fruit, the increase, the manifestation of the seed I have sown, it’s even better.
I believe that no matter how generous we are, we can burn out on giving if we don’t stand on the promise that the God that asks us to give also has a blessing in it for us over and above the joy of giving. Our Father God is the greatest giver! His greatest joy is to give to us. In this season, we celebrate the greatest gift ever given in the universe—the gift of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus. None of us would have a relationship with God without receiving by faith this seed/gift sown by the Father.
Romans 8:32 says, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” In this season, as we reflect on the fact that God gave us His Son, let us not forget that He stands ready to “freely give us all things,” including the promised return on the seed we have sown.
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