Scripture’s full of life principles. Here’s one that holds true to many areas of life: 2 Corinthians 9:6 – “Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop but the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”
This one’s easy for farmers to grasp but the audience reaches much further. I don’t have a green thumb by any means but I’m smart enough to know that, if I want to enjoy garden-grown lettuce or beans or peas, I must plant seeds accordingly. If I plant only a couple of seeds, my harvest will look rather wimpy. Planting generously, however, yields salad fixins for several meals or more. Yum!
I’m not a marriage counselor, either, but I understand that enjoying a vibrant relationship with my husband requires planting of sorts, too. I need to sow seeds of faithfulness and kindness. Quality time, a listening ear, and intimacy are also necessary if I want to reap a solid marriage. Sowing sparingly will result in a weak relationship.
How about friendships? If we want to have friends, we need to sow into other peoples’ lives. We can’t play a hermit’s role and then expect countless others to surround us if we suddenly need help.
And then there’s work. Personally, I’ve applied this principle to my writing/speaking ministry. The way I figure it, I’ll sow heavily into publicity and marketing to help spread my message, especially about my DVD and Bible study called Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation. The more people hear about and use the study, the more lives will be changed. And so, I’ll plant seeds generously in faith, trusting God for a harvest of transformed lives.
This principle sounds so simple, doesn’t it? If we want to enjoy an abundant harvest, we need to sow seeds accordingly. How does this principle apply to you today?
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