Living Successfully: From Seed to Sower | Religion


There are many scriptures that, although I may not be able to quote them verbatim off the top of my head, I have read enough times that I claim familiarity. They are like comfort foods; I know how it tastes, I know how it’s made, and I know how it’s going to make me feel. There are few surprises, but a lot of comfort.

I feel empowered to teach some of these passages. I was taught most of my adult Christian life. I use them as a guide for appropriate behavior and have strived to follow them for years.

Imagine my surprise when the Lord took a verse I had just taught and revealed something new to me about it.

“The Bible is the only book that when you open it to read it reads you,” Tim Ross, the pastor of Embassy City Church, said in one of his online posts. (I don’t know if it was original with him, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it and since then I’ve heard it from others too.)

Which is consistent with: “For the word of God is alive and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow , and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 [MEV]).

Anyway, back to the subject and how God gives the seed to the sower.

It has to do with what the apostle Paul wrote: “He who provides seed for the sower and provides bread for your food will also multiply your sown seed and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:10 [MEV]).

I espoused this verse recently saying that God gives everyone the seed just as He gives them bread. It’s what you do with your seed that makes the difference.

You can sow much or sow little, which is consistent with another verse Paul just wrote: “But I say this: He who sows sparingly will reap little, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9: 6 [MEV]).

What I didn’t realize is that this verse may have another implication: God gives seed to the sower once he has pledged to sow.

I had heard him preach this way before, but it seemed to be an anomaly, not a promise to live by. I was wrong. It is also a promise.

Recently, I received an inheritance from my parents. Before knowing the amount, I had pledged to pay tithing and give an additional 10% to the church. It’s easy to do when it’s theoretical. However, when I saw the large sum I was about to receive, I immediately questioned my oath. Anyway, my word was there; I was engaged. So I gave the 10% plus tithe.

What I didn’t expect was to get the same amount of money back so quickly. Within a week, I discovered that an account I owned (and usually ignored) had risen by the same amount I had just seeded. It was as if God, once I had committed to sow a certain amount, provided me with the seed to sow.

And it wasn’t just me. I challenged people in church: if they want more in their life, sow more. Sow on purpose.

A week later, I received a message from a young couple who attend church with me. They took my challenge to heart and decided to give back half of what they were already giving. The following Monday, he received a raise equal to the amount of the raise they had just decided to start sowing.

God gives the seed to the sower. When you decide to give and go in that direction, God will make sure you have the seed.

I heard of a church that decided to bless the guest speaker. The pastor, using the verse “God gives seed to the sower,” asked how many people would give a thousand dollars that week if God gave them another thousand dollars? If I were in their place, it would be obvious. If God gives me a thousand more, I’ll give it; if He doesn’t, I won’t. Many accepted the pastor’s challenge and soon miraculous testimonies began to arrive. People were getting raises, getting unexpected blessings, amazing deals. All because they took God at His Word and believed He would give them a seed to sow.

It was a revelation for me and now I want to challenge you, dear reader. If you need to increase your finances, commit to sowing in the kingdom of God and watch God give you the seed. By the way, he will also give you bread to eat and increase the fruits of your righteousness.

Tim Hughes is a lay minister and elder at Ascension Life Church in Athens. He can be reached at [email protected]

Tim Hughes is a lay minister and elder at Ascension Life Church in Athens. He can be reached at [email protected]


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