On Giving and God's Love --- By: Joe Franklin

On Giving and God’s Love
“Remember this: the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.”                                    2 Corinthians 9:6-7 HCSB.


Memories are many growing up on a farm in the rolling piedmont of North Carolina. Dad knew how to live out a witness for the Lord in integrity, good stewardship, and hard work. He left that incredible example of a good honest work ethic and living according to the golden rule. This was an incredible blessing and important legacy that he passed on to his family. On the farm there was never a lack of work and if we were not in the midst of growing the crops we were preparing to be. The only thing that kept Dad from getting his crops in the ground on time was bad weather. Even in years of drought the harvest was good; more than enough. Then there were other area farmers that were different. They were always behind schedule, their practices not always sound, their crops suffered, and the harvest was not plentiful.

The realities for the farmer regarding sowing and reaping apply directly to the work place. We reap what we sow and according to how we sow. The underlying principle here is about giving. The farmer sows with hope, but he is not assured of a harvest until it comes. Yet he puts all of his efforts into the crop and expends everything; he gives all in hope. The principle is the same whether sowing for agricultural harvest or the harvest of souls; we must give. We give the very best of our time and resources. We realize just like the farmer there are no shortcuts. We start by spending time in God’s word and praying for our co-workers. They are the harvest that we hope to see one day. Just like Christ came to seek and save the lost we too must see everyone as a potential part of the harvest. We give by asking God to open our eyes to see the needs around us and by having empathetic hearts to the suffering that our co-workers are going through. We also give by putting that smile on our face and offering words of encouragement to our co-workers. We continue to give by having no part of gossip, giving no place for pride or arrogance, doing our best on the job every day, and loving our co-workers just like Jesus loves us. Paul is reminding us that since God gave His grace to us; we were harvested and now we give so that others can become harvested.  Note that Paul completes this with instructions that indicate our giving is ultimately a heart issue. A heart in pursuit of Christ will give not out of regret or requirement, but with joy to be a part of the Lord’s ultimate harvest. Make today count by sowing and reaping generously and remember God loves a