What are you sowing in life?

You realize the principles of reaping and sowing right? Are you living a life that sows into the lives of others? What are you sowing into the lives of the people around you? Are you sowing love? Are you sowing hate? Are you sowing hope? Are you sowing worry? Are you sowing trust? Are you sowing anxiety? Are you sowing blessings? Are you sowing troubles? Do you realize just like when a farmer plants seeds in the ground, the expectation is that there will be a harvest where they can reap from it. So make sure you are sowing good stuff!

Are you watering too? Were you tilling the soil first? Were you preparing? Are you nurturing?

Even as I think about this subject I remember a time back at diabetic camp where they told a story about warm fuzzies and cold pricklies and the reality of when we are able to live and give good things to others, it returns to us and helps grow the day to be better rather than cold pricklies which cause people to get down on life.

So, what about generosity? Do you sow generosity too?

If you will reap more than you sow — make sure you are planting good seed or you will end up with more bad than you had to start with…

Today’s devotional points out these truths…

  • You reap what you sow
  • You reap later than you sow
  • You reap more than you sow

–from Day 129: Bible In One Year 2017

You Will Reap Far More Than You Sow — Day 129: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 58, John 6:1-24, Judges 9

1. Sow justice … Psalm 58:1-11

  • Consider the children and the youth who have fallen into Foster Care and what has happened to them. They are our orphans and we need to sow justice into their lives.
  • Consider the children and the youth who have fallen into slavery through human trafficking. We need to sow justice into their lives and look for ways to not only save them but to prevent these acts from taking place in the first place.
  • Cry out to those in authority to step up and stand up for justice!
  • Let’s look to set into place leadership that sow justice!
    • Today’s reading speaks to this truth as follows:
      • “Leadership is key in any society. A leader who sows injustice will reap terrible consequences. They are sowing poison: ‘Their venom is like the venom of a snake’ (v.4). They create an unstable society and will eventually be ‘swept away’ (v.9). When this happens there will be great relief all round. They reap what they sow. Likewise, ‘the righteous… are rewarded’ (v.11a). When we see this principle at work we say, ‘there is a God’ (v.11).” –from Day 129: Bible In One Year 2017
  • Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Even if it takes till Jesus’ return, put your trust in Him and continue to sow justice in and through your life. Live in and for justice and righteousness!

2. Sow generously … John 6:1-24

Will you be prepared before you walk out into today? Will you contemplate the plan for today by seeking wisdom from God so that you are prepared in advance for the good work God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Will you be prepared to be generous? Will you prepare to be generous with your time? Will you sow generously into the lives God brings into your day today? As I consider today’s devotional, I grab hold of the following…

One of these is the principle that those who sow generously will also reap generously.

Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming towards him. ‘He said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith’ (vv.5–6a, MSG). Faith is like a muscle, it grows by stretching.

In fact, although Jesus asked the question ‘he already had in mind what he was going to do’ (v.6b). This shows that it is alright to ask questions to which you already know the answer. (In fact, when I was practising as a barrister I was taught only to ask questions to which I already knew the answer!)

‘Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples… spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”’ (vv.7–8).

This boy’s act of generosity will never be forgotten. Jesus is able to do a lot with a little. The boy gave generously all that he had. It was not very much – it was ‘a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this’ (v.8, MSG).

However, it multiplied in the hands of Jesus. At least 5,000 were fed and there was plenty left over. Jesus said, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted’ (v.12). If it needed a biblical basis, here is a biblical basis for not wasting food – it always seems a terrible waste if food is thrown away unnecessarily.

The world produces enough food to feed everyone. Yet 870 million people (1 in 8 of the world’s population) are suffering from chronic undernourishment. At the same time, around a third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted. Individually and corporately we need to act urgently on Jesus’ instruction: ‘Let nothing be wasted’ (v.12).

What you give to Jesus, he multiplies. The apostle Paul wrote, ‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously’ (2 Corinthians 9:6).

Make it your aim to be the most generous person you know. Be generous with your money, your possessions, your time and your love. You cannot out-give God. The more you give the more you will harvest and the more you will enjoy the favour of God on your life.

Straight after this amazing miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, the disciples find themselves in a storm (John 6:18). Jesus calls his disciples to move from a faith based on a very visible miracle that fulfilled their physical need to a faith that is a total trust in him and his words.

Miraculously, Jesus walks on the water towards them. They were ‘scared senseless’ (v.19, MSG). Jesus says to them, ‘It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid’ (v.20, MSG). Following Jesus is not always easy. There are storms and other challenges of life, but Jesus’ presence with us is transformational. No wonder the crowd went ‘in search of Jesus’ (v.24).

–from Day 129: Bible In One Year 2017

3. Sow loyalty … Judges 9:1-57

Who can you trust? Who do you trust? Who can trust you? Are you loyal? Do you show and live out loyalty? Can you be trusted? Are you showing good stewardship? Are you a servant leader? Are you looking out for others?

Today’s reading and devotional speak to this in a very interesting way…

I have noticed, over the years, how those who sow loyalty to their leaders reap a high degree of loyalty when they themselves come into positions of leadership. On the other hand, those who refuse to come under another’s leadership and who stir up trouble, invariably reap the same attitude of disloyalty if they themselves come into a position of leadership.

In this passage we see the disastrous consequences of the disloyalty of Abimelech to his father and to his brothers. Abimelech sowed violence. ‘He hired some reckless, riffraff soldiers… and killed his half brothers… seventy men!’ (vv.4–5, MSG). The youngest managed to hide – the only survivor.

Again, we see this biblical principle at work: we reap what we sow. Abimelech sowed disloyalty and violence. He reaped disloyalty and violence. Initially, he was in cahoots with the citizens of Shechem (v.2 and following). But three years later bad feeling arose between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who had acted treacherously against Abimelech.

Abimelech reaped what he had sown. Shechem’s leaders ‘worked treacherously behind his back. Violence boomeranged: the murderous violence that killed the seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal, was now loose among Abimelech and Shechem’s leaders, who had supported the violence’ (vv.23–24, MSG).

Abimelech showed no loyalty to the people of Shechem. He used them when he needed them (v.2). However, he had no hesitation in wiping them out (vv.42–49).

Ultimately, they all reaped what they had sown, and Abimelech himself was ingloriously killed soon after (vv.53–54). The writer sums it all up: ‘God avenged the evil Abimelech had done to his father, murdering his seventy brothers. And God brought down on the heads of the men of Shechem all the evil that they had done’ (vv.56–57, MSG).

–from Day 129: Bible In One Year 2017

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