The law of sowing and reaping is one of the dynamic principles in the Word of God (Proverbs 11:24-25). Throughout the Bible, we see various examples of persons who gave into others. This kingdom law of sowing and reaping is true and works for anyone whether saved or unsaved. When you plant a seed, you do not get back a seed. Rather, you get back a harvest. Look at the mango tree, when you plant a seed, you get back many mangoes. The seed that we plant, produces fruit and food (2 Corinthians 9:10). The fruit that we receive, is not only for us but for others.
1) Your future is in your seed.
When we sow a seed, we are planting into our future. A farmer plants a seed and considers what fruit will be produced in the future. He is in the present but he is looking into the future. What we sow, will impact our future. We may not see it now but we will in the future. Many aspects of our lives are coming into alignment at this moment because of our giving in the past. What we give today, will impact our children and our grandchildren. When we have difficult situations in the future, God will work it out on our behalf because of our giving.
2) Sow base on how much you want to harvest.
If you want a small harvest, you sow a small harvest (2 Corinthians 9:6). If you sow bountifully, you will reap bountifully. We determine what our harvest will look like. God looks at the heart and the attitude in which we give. The widow gave of her last. She had an attitude that was pleasing to God. When we give in a stingy manner, we will reap a stingy harvest. God loves a cheerful giver. He loves someone who gives without complaint or grumble.
3) We sow what we want to harvest.
Whatever we sow, we will reap (Job 4:8, Proverbs 22:8, Galatians 6:7-8). If we sow an apple seed, we will get back apples. If we don’t want mangoes, then why plant a mango seed? Whatever we do to others, will happen to us. If we sow to the flesh, we will reap the flesh. We need to crucify the things of the flesh (Colossians 3:5-10) and put on the things of Christ (Colossians 3:12-14).
4) You reap in a different season that you sow in.
Our season of reaping is coming. If we do not lose heart in doing good, we will reap in due season (Galatians 6:9). Different seeds have different periods of bearing fruit. We must be patient with our seed and not lose heart. Sometimes the seed takes one or two years to bear fruit but we will reap our harvest. We should bless those in the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). We cannot neglect the very people that we sit next to in church.
5) Sow good seed in good soil to get a good harvest.
We have to consider the soil that we are sowing in (Matthew 13). If we want a bountiful harvest, sow in good soil. When we give sacrificial giving, we have to look at the soil that we are giving into.
6) You can change your harvest.
As a result of the bad sowing that was done by our parents and persons before us, it can affect our harvest. In our past, we sowed bad seed. However, we don’t have to reap the bad seed that was sown through our past and the actions of our family. Jabez was given a name by his mother that meant pain (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). However, Jabez changed his harvest by praying to God and declaring that he would not cause pain. Some of us may have been rejected but we can change our harvest.