Sow Good Generously

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Spiritual Nugget for November 2009. Published by the Middle East Union of Seventh-day Adventists.

Spiritual Nugget for November 2009. Published by the Middle East Union of Seventh-day Adventists.

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  • 1. Sow Good Generously A man in Vermont once was invited to join a friend of his for a ride through the timberland in their area. His friend, a lumberjack, drove him up Mt. Cushman in a jeep. Near the top of the mountain, he noticed some six- inch deciduous seedlings that had obviously been planted by someone. The man asked his friend when the seedlings would be ready for harvest for lumber and the lumberjack replied, “In the year 2015.” Noting that this was some sixty years into the future and that his friend was well into middle age, he asked his friend why he had planted the trees, since he would never see the harvest. He replied, “Because my grandfather planted some on the other side of the mountain for me.” Apostle Paul says, “A man reaps what he sows.” If he sows in his sinful nature, he will reap destruction. If he sows in the Spirit he will reap eternal life. (Gal.6:7, 8). As we reflect on sowing and reaping it is interesting to note that the harvest is dependent on what, where and how much I sow, for every seed one sows he reaps in manifold. If one sows a grain he reaps in sixty, eighty or in hundred fold. If one sows a mango seed, he reaps mangoes every season over several decades. It is not sufficient that we sow good seeds; Paul further encourages us to sow generously (2 Cor. 9: 6). One dimension of sowing good generously is not being concerned about who might reap. In fact, Jesus says, “I sent you to reap what you have not worked for” (John 4: 38). We could sow for others to reap and reap what others have labored for. So, let us sow in the Spirit and sow generously until He comes. When we focus on God’s plan for the future, we make the right decisions today.