By Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalms 126:5
Read: Psalms 126:5-6
One foundational truth about giving is that the way a seed is sown will determine the type of harvest it will bring. The costliest seed opens the greatest doors. Do not sow anyhow but let your sowing be a deliberate effort, targeted at a definite result. This should guide you in sowing your seed: before you sow, determine the type of harvest you want, prayerfully consider the seed that can trigger that harvest, then go ahead and sow. If you want some small harvest, sow small but if you want some big harvest, sow big. If you want an enduring harvest, sow regularly and continuously towards it. If you want a precious harvest or a harvest of high value, sow valuable and precious seeds. If you want a harvest that people have received before, sow the seed that people have given before, but if you want a harvest that nobody has received before, then sow the seed nobody has given before. If you want God’s treasury to be open to you 24/7, open your treasury to God 24/7. If you want God’s all, give your all. The harvest you get is largely dependent on you.
The timing of an offering is also very important. Some seeds you will be required to give may still be relevant after six months or one year. But there are some seeds you would be required to sow at an opportune time. If you fail to sow the seed at such a time, even if you later do so, you would have missed the heavenly promo or jackpot attached to it. God is the father of all born again Christians. It is His duty to take care of us and He has promised to do so. Supposing a particular brother is in dire need of money and the fellow is holding on to God; in response, the Lord looks around for the nearest believer He can instruct to meet that need and He finds you; He tells you to go immediately to meet that brother’s need but you refused, feigning you do not know if it’s God speaking to you. That need may not have been met because of your hardness of heart, and the brother will be discouraged because God would have been painted as an unfaithful God by your inaction. But if you immediately responded and tell the fellow God sent you to him, he will be very glad and God will reward you for your obedience.
If every believer will obey God promptly, credibility issues that are raised concerning God or His word will be drastically reduced.
Bible in One year: Proverbs 4-7