Do not judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
II Corinthians 9: 6
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
He which soweth – (speiro – pronounced spi-ro)
to scatter, to draw out through the idea of extending
Present Active Participle – an action or process that took place in the past, but the results have continued to the present – the subject acts upon itself
sparingly – (pheidomenos – pronounced fi-dom-en-oce)
reap – (therizo – pronounced ther-id-zo)
in the sense of the crop – to harvest
Future Active – the emphasis is on the fact that the action will take place in the future, not always what kind of action is represented.
bountifully – eulogia – pronounced yoo-log-ee-ah)
to bless, prosper, benefit or largess, fair speech, commendation, to speak well of
In the verses before and after, Paul is talking to the Corinthians about being a cheerful giver to help the other Christians in their time of need. He plainly tells them that what they receive in the future will depend on what they sow in the present.
It was totally their choice as to how they would respond to his call to action because that is how God works. He wants the best for you, but you can always choose not to receive it. You can sow stingily and reap the same.
Planting spiritual seeds is much like a farmer who plants his crop in the spring, then maintains it through the summer, and harvests in the fall. There has to be a time for developing strong roots so that it can produce an abundant crop, and the farmer must have the patience to wait.
Sowing and Reaping is a Law that was established by God and you can always depend on the fact that it will work perfectly whether you sow sparingly or bountifully. Why not get out of your comfort zone and stand on the Word of God to see the magnificent ways He will work in your life.
II Corinthians 9: 7-8
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
purposeth (proaireomai – pronounced pro-ahee-reh-om-ahee)
to choose for oneself before another thing; to intend
(lupe – pronounced loo-pay)
sadness, grief, grievous, heaviness, sorrow
necessity (anagke – pronounced an-ang-kay)
constraint; by implication distress, needful
cheerful (hilaros – pronounced hil-ar-os)
propitious, merry, prompt, willing
able (dunatos – pronounced doo-nat-os)
powerful or capable, mighty, possible, strong
make all grace abound (perisseuo – pronounced per-is-syoo-o)
to superabound in quantity or quality, be in excess, be superfluous, to cause to excel
sufficiency (autarkeia – ow-tar-ki-ah)
self satisfaction, contentedness, competence
abound (perisseuo – pronounced per-is-syoo-o)
to superabound in quantity or quality, be in excess, be superfluous,
God wants you to purpose in your heart to be a cheerful giver. When you feel that way, you will be looking for ways to help others instead of just spending the money on selfish purposes. God wants you to give with the right heart, not just do it because you are afraid not to.
When you decide to give, God is then able to bless your life. Make it a point to plant some seeds today.
He wants you to trust, try and prove Him to see what He will do.