THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
SOWING AND REAPING BOUNTIFULLY
August 10, 2015
2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Paul tells us about a basic Christian spiritual principle:
what you sow you reap. “Consider this: whoever sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully
will also reap bountifully.” (2 Cor 9:6). We want so
much blessings from God, but we don’t put in what is
required in order to reap such bounty.
We get excited about massive evangelization and the many
souls that will be won, but we might remain in our comfort
zones or at least do not plunge decisively into the work.
deprive God of our tithe, thus robbing Him, but we ask for
and look to financial blessings from Him.
want to be proud of our strong community, but do not faithfully
live out our covenant, thus affecting negatively its vibrancy
For some, the problem is that they think that by giving to
God, they would deprive themselves, whether it is time, talent
or treasure. Again they fail to appreciate another spiritual
principle: God is never outdone in generosity. “Moreover,
God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that
in all things, always having all you need, you may have an
abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor 9:8). As we give
to God, we will never lack. And we will have abundance.
we give to God what is His due, we experience the blessings
of the just. “Hallelujah! Blessed the man who fears
the Lord, .... his descendants shall be mighty in the land,
.... wealth and riches shall be in his house” (Ps 112:1a,2a,3a).
But it is not just about material or financial well-being.
It is also about emotional well-being. “For he shall
never be shaken; .... he shall not fear and ill report; ....
his heart is tranquil, without fear” (Ps 112:6a,7a,8a).
And much more important, it is about spiritual well-being,
as “his righteousness shall endure forever. Light shines
through the darkness for the upright” (Ps 112:3b-4a).
that we understand these spiritual principles, we can resolve
to go all the way, to sow bountifully so as to reap bountifully.
What is going all the way? It is when we give not just our
time, talent and treasure, but our very lives. It is when
we are able to die to ourselves. Jesus gives yet a third spiritual
principle. “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain
of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain
of wheat, but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn
12:24). We die to self so that Jesus can truly live in and
through us. We die to self so that we can become those effective
instruments that the Holy Spirit can use for His purposes.
do we die to self?
give generously of all that we are without counting the
look not to power or position or acclaim, but give the glory
only to God.
rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ.
expend ourselves to serve others in order that they may
live and experience the salvation of God.
gave his all. As his disciples, we are called to do the same.
“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there
also will my servant be.” (Jn 12:26a). We follow Jesus
all the way to the cross, and beyond, to be with him eternally