“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Cor. 9:6.
This section in Corinthians is one of my favorites. The first application of these verses is of course applicable to money, but there’s more. Just about the only way they make any sense is if we remember that our Lord’s ways are higher than our ways. How else could it be that we give something away and the result is more?
When we look at this verse in terms of sowing generously in our Bible reading, in intercessory prayer, in being still before the throne, etc., it takes on a different perspective. When we read, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8), the Lord is abundantly supplying you with revelation, compassion, and peace. All in abundance! Why? “…so that in all things at all times you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8), or so that others out of your generosity in sowing might be encouraged, might be strengthened, and might be set at rest.
Scripture continues with,
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness” 2 Cor. 9:10.
In my NIV translation, the word storehouse is used instead of “store of seed,” implying that at our disposal we have a walk-in pantry stocked full of provisions - provisions that we didn’t earn but that are continually being filled by the one who supplies seed to the sower, and it is increasing. How marvelous is that? So, in a sense, we can go into the pantry like someone with an unexpected guest for dinner to feed them as we are more than able to supply nourishment to their spirits because of the supplies given to us.
Sometimes I tell people that I cannot give away what I do not have. This is true of the money the Lord allows me as well as the intangibles, like peace.
If I don’t have peace, how can I impart peace to someone who is worried and afraid? If I don’t invest time into hiding God’s Word in my heart, how can I release His promises to others to bring life?
Of equal weight, if I don’t hear from the Lord, receiving revelation from Him, how can I partner with Him in this type of ministry? From my Bible reading, I’ve concluded that when the Lord gave a vision, dream, etc., it carried the same weight as though already recorded and shared in the synagogues. It is no different today.
At times, we can be unaware that He is the one putting people on our hearts and minds to pray for or reach out to. When the seed supplied to the sower is money, it shouldn’t be assumed that what we’ve received is of our personal use and enjoyment. It may be that the Lord wants to route that money through us to someone else. It is also worth noting that the seed and the bread mentioned in 2 Cor. 9:10 serve different purposes. The bread, I think, speaks to the Lord taking care of our day-to-day needs: Food, clothes and shelter.
Ultimately, the purpose for the supplies given to us are to bring glory to the Father. I get this from “…your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” and “…is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” 2 Cor. 9:10-11. Praise the Lord that by using the supplies given to us, our hearts are turning to Him with thanksgiving.