These are facts.
But…what many DON’T see (or want to see) this as reality: His blessings take TIME. Not so much the blessing–but Him developing the person He wants to bless. This is why I’m not such a big fan of the 90 day tithing challenge. It’s not that He CAN’T knock your socks off with blessings in 90 days– but what if He chooses not to?
Is He liar? Is He no longer God?
I’m pretty sure you KNOW what I’m talking about. There are times when you’re giving, sowing, helping, praying, serving, sacrificing, and seeing ABSOLUTELY NO results.
I mean zero!
And then you start to ask yourself: what’s the point?
Well what the answer then??
Nothing’s Happening With My Giving, What do I do?
As Rick Renner points out, the Greek word used for sowing depicts a continual process:
The Greek tense does not denote a single, one-time sowing; rather, it pictures a person who continually, habitually sows. Therefore, it could be translated, “Whatsoever a man sows, sows, sows, and sows – and keeps on habitually sowing and sowing and sowing….” In other words, this describes a constant, steady, perpetual sowing of seed. And if you sow this seed steadily and faithfully, God’s promise is that you will reap a harvest. The word for “reap” is in the same Greek tense, meaning that it could be translated, “You will reap, reap, reap, and reap – and keep on habitually reaping and reaping and reaping.”
The reason most people walked away disgusted and scoffing at this promise is that they never really put it to the test! They sowed once and waited for a harvest. When nothing happened, they threw up their arms and said it didn’t work. But those who keep on habitually sowing and sowing and sowing as a manner of lifestyle are the ones who eventually reap and reap and reap as the manifold blessings of God come pouring back into their lives.
The level at which you sow determines the level you will reap. Sow a little, and you’ll reap a little. Sow a lot, and you’ll reap a lot. Sow inconsistently, and you’ll reap inconsistently. Sow regularly, and you will reap regularly.
Your harvest is on it’s way, don’t be deceived into thinking otherwise!
What do you think? Have you ever felt deceived?
Oh by the way check out my guest article on Relevant Magazine: What Would Happen If the Church Tithed? It’s trending right now and the comments are really picking up steam. It would be great if you add your two cents to the debate.