Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Before I can tell you about my ministry and how you can partner with a seed of $……. (haha!), let us examine something together. You were probably told that your health and/or financial situation will not change until you have sowed a seed of….. (you know how much). Perhaps you have given much already, if not all, and still nothing has changed. Did God lie about His Word? Certainly not! He’s not man. Were you coerced into paying for what Jesus’ blood purchased for you? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Friends of God, the seed is the Word of God. This Word was with God from the beginning and by the same were we made, with all that was created by Him. (See Genesis 1; John 1:1-4). The seed has life in it and that’s why it’s able to produce after its own kind. Science agrees with this too.
Any wonder that Jesus would use it for an illustration and explanation of the Kingdom of God and its principles?
Of increase and multiplication
He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. (Mark 4:26-27)
Of the Blessing
In Genesis 22:18 God said to Abraham, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Remember that the seed referred to here is Christ (see Galatians 3:16)- who also is the Word (John 1:14).
In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good (Ecclesiastes11:6).
Of practical living
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him (Genesis 26:12).
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
This is where I believe the topic on giving money, being referred to as “sowing seed”, has been misinterpreted. God is honored in our giving and He deserves our best. The tithe belongs to Him and He commands a blessing on that (See Malachi 3:10-12). This is not say “give more and get more”. We give because we have. We give because we love God, who loved us first.
I believe also that as the Church, the body of Christ, we can do better to encourage our members to give generously to the work of the ministry than to coerce them or at worst threaten them with failure and poverty. People will cheerfully give from an understanding that they are already blessed, that they have an abundance for every good work, and that they can be a blessing.
May we encourage each other to sow the right seeds, to sow to the Spirit, to receive God’s Word (Seed) with meekness and diligence to do according to all that’s written in it, and to be generous on all occasions. We shall reap if we do not lose heart.