I’m learning that the attitude in giving is just as important as the giving itself. God is concerned THAT we give but also HOW we give. He loves cheerful givers:
Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP)
He absolutely loves them.
In the same way He loves people of faith. People who expect Him to do what He said He would do. And the best way to love giving and have faith in it is to see it as a seed investment.
Most people hear the term of “seed” in giving and immediately attribute it to televangelists asking for money; not realizing its truth and power
Paul when talking about giving and the rewards of it says:
“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 Corinthians 9:10 KJV)
Power of a seed
Everything began in the form of a seed:
- Adam was a seed for the human race.
- The Nation of Israel is called the seed of Abraham.
- Even Jesus is called the seed of of David.
This is why satan works so hard to discourage giving and tithing. He understands the harvest ahead.
This is also why NO MATTER WHAT is going on we have to look at God as the Source and the abundant Supply. Regardless, of what is going on there is only ONE “Lord of the Harvest.”
Again: no matter what happens KEEP SOWING.
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!
Do you believe in the power of a seed?