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Seed and Bread

Seed and Bread

17 November 2009

Scripture:

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. 10 For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and he will produce a great harvest of generosity in you. (2 Corinthians 9:6, 10 NLT)

In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul lays out God’s heart for giving, God’s plan for providing, and God’s promises to those who give. It’s clear, simple, and sweet. I love it!

Everything that comes into my hands is a gift from God. God faithfully provides for my needs, and I must realize that as resources become available to me, part of the provision is bread to eat and part of it is seed to plant. If I selfishly and short-sightedly consume everything I get, and even obligate God’s future provision through unwise debt, I have no seed left to plant!

Our western economic system calls us “consumers.” If we use everything we receive as bread to eat, then it’s true, we are only consumers. But if we plant some seed through giving away part of everything we receive we become producers as well. Our giving to meet legitimate needs is planting seed for a future harvest. And don’t forget – when the future harvest comes, part of it is bread to eat and part is seed to plant!

When I look ahead into my own future, there are many uncertainties for Jean and me (and probably for you!). I really don’t know how our needs will be met. I know they will, because God is faithful to his promise. And part of the adventure is that God likes surprises!

I do know that part of everything God gives me is seed to plant and if I plant that seed in good soil by giving and serving and caring and encouraging and blessing others, the harvest of that seed will be bread to eat. God promised.

Prayer:

Father, thanks for giving me your Word which, when planted in my heart, grows faith. Thanks for giving me the seed that when planted through giving will produce bread to eat. Thanks for the gift of your Son, a gift too wonderful for words. You’re the one who gives. I want to be like you when I grow up (and while I’m growing up!). Amen.

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