Watch What You Sow
“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35). I met a young couple the other day and they were lamenting about the toll the economic recession was having on them and their young family. They said they were increasingly finding it difficult to make ends meet despite holding down two jobs. They were equally getting disillusioned with their Church activities especially in areas of ‘voluntary giving’. According to them, the Church expects their giving to increase even when their incomes have dwindled and the needs of their young family growing. They reiterated that they believe God but they can’t help but ‘see’ the helpless situation they were in. This couple erroneously tied their financial breakthroughs to their service to God; believing that since their finances had dwindled, they cannot serve God as much as they used to anymore. This unfortunate stance of theirs had opened the door to unbelief and many other manipulations of darkness in their lives.
So many are in this dilemma; they have become disillusioned and bitter against the Church and the Ministers of God. They believe their Church is uncaring about their plight, but daily piling financial loads on them to carry! This article is not written about the Ministers and the Church finances but about the individuals that comprises the Church! As a child of God, it is your responsibility to study the Scriptures for yourself. As you do this, the Holy Spirit leads your heart to more understanding of God’s Word, such that when your Ministers make undue requests of you, the Holy Spirit will help you see the truth and direct you on what to do. Unfortunately, so many succumb to the flesh by finger pointing, maligning and blaspheming. We must not get sidetracked by the enemy. Once we take our focus off the Master Jesus Christ, it affects our walk with Him and this sourness spills into our relationships as well.
Beloved, God knows that at some point in your life you will face certain situations that are not rosy. Even in such times, the Lord expects us to keep the faith and not become weary of doing good: “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9). This is God’s law and it was not made up by anyone to hoodwink you. Money should not be the foundation to you rendering wholesome and worthy service to our Lord Jesus Christ: “Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5). Remember that sowing is not just about sowing financially, you sow time, strength, actions and words as well. Don’t allow the dry patches along the journey of life make you sow the wrong words, actions or starve the ground of your time and strength as these will germinate and you will reap the results: “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease” (Genesis 8:22). Therefore, sow the right and good seeds in words, action, time, strength and money into each day because you will surely reap a harvest of what you had sown. Don’t be deceived to think sowing only occurs in the Church, we sow one thing or the other on a daily basis and we reap accordingly: “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit” (Galatians 6:7-8). May the Lord revive your service to Him and may He help you overcome any setback in your life in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.