Life is interesting, isn’t it? My motto is “Life is an adventure.” Many things we have been taught by the world, has not allowed us to prosper. Truly prosper, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The world teaches to get to get to the top you have to climb over people. And yes, you can possibly reach “the top” by climbing over people, but this is not true prosperity because it doesn’t leave your spirit with peace. Financial gain with no peace is not gain at all. I like to sleep well at night, without my conscious bothering me. And I do sleep well knowing that I have given, to receive.
Also, many of us who work jobs, feel the boss should give us a raise because….well we are worth it! This is like asking a wooden fireplace to give you heat before you’ve put in any wood. To prosper in every area of your life, this is how it works:
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
This is an interesting verse. Even if you do not have faith in God at this point, I want you to look at this verse as a life lesson, simply because it is. It is telling us that if we sow sparingly we will reap sparingly and if we sow bountifully (I love that word) you will also reap bountifully. You may not be a farmer or ever planted anything in your life, and that’s okay because this lesson is still for you because it’s not just talking about crops, it’s talking about life. In our professions, we tend to give the least effort, to get the most pay. This is backward though. The verse is telling us that not only are we to work hard, we are to work with a willing heart. When you have a willing heart, it changes your whole demeanor. It changes your whole outlook. And it pleases God. (And you’ll find a lot more pleasure in life too with this type of attitude).
This verse goes beyond even work. It says that when we work according to this verse in giving it all and possessing a good attitude, that we will have abundance for every good deed. So, we are to sow abundantly not only in our work but in our good deeds. What happens when we do? The verse says so that always having all sufficiency in everything. This means you will have no lack. It means at the end of the month you’ll have more money than you have month. It means you’ll have enough to pay every bill. It means you’ll have enough food without scrimping. It means you’ll have enough clothing. It means you won’t have to rob Paul to pay Peter!
So let us sow bountifully in our work, and in our good deeds. When you do, you’ll find you will reap bountifully and all your needs will be met. I dare say, even above this, you’ll have more than enough. You’ll have leftovers! You’ll have more money left over after you have saved, and given. You see, when you work according to how God has set up life for you to be a success, you will have success. I’ll even prove this to you. Watch this:
And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
12And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. 13But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. 14For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 15And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. – Luke 9:10-17
Now check this out! This is amazing. There are about 5000 men there and Jesus is telling his Disciples to feed these 5000 men. So the Disciples took inventory to see how much food there was to dispense. All they found to feed these 5000 men were 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes! That is not enough to even feed 500 men, let alone 5000 of them! So they came back to Jesus after taking inventory and said “We have no more but 5 loaves and 2 fishes unless we go and buy more for all these people. So, Jesus, had them divide them up into fifties and had them all sit-down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fishes and blessed them and broke them up and gave it to the Disciples to give to the groups of fifty. Can you see it? Jesus just kept breaking bread and passing along with fishes until all were, what? FILLED. They were not given just a little piece of bread and little slice of fish. They were given bread and fish until they were FILLED. Until they were full! Now, let’s look further. So the 5000 were full. They were finished eating and there were leftovers! How much was left over? It says after they collected the leftovers there were twelve baskets left over! Why 12, and why baskets? Because there were 12 Disciples. A basket for each of them to carry. And not just a fish or two, or a loaf or two, but twelve baskets. You see if it was just a little left over, they could have just taken one basket and filled it up. But no, there were 12 baskets! Meaning there was enough left over to fill 12 baskets. Why not just have enough left over, say 6 fish and 6 loafs? This would have been plenty to eat. When I eat a fish, I do good to eat even one-half of a fish and I don’t normally eat a half loaf of bread in one sitting. This is a lot of leftovers they had. We can assume Jesus intentionally had this much left over food, for His Disciples and Himself and a lot more left over so they could give more away later and still have plenty for themselves. To sow more good deeds. To feed more people.
I’ll give you another example, one that I experienced when I was a Gardner and had my own business mowing lawns. I had watched a video by Napoleon Hill author of the book Think and Grow Rich and he was talking about giving and not even telling anyone about the gift, and how when we give, it will be given back to us. Not necessarily from the source that we gave to, but none the less, we would be given back to, and even more, than we had given. ( I’m telling you now, because it’s way in the past, and I want you to see how this law of sowing and reaping works). So I was inspired and intrigued and I went out taking care of this one customer I had on this street, and I noticed that he had some plastic trash cans (this was before they came out with a large trash can the trucks pick up with their hydraulic lift.). He had four cans, and three of them were torn so bad, that trash was falling out of them and littering his property. So I went and bought three new trash cans and came back and placed them where the old one’s had been, and stacked the old one’s in his back yard. I finished up mowing his lawn, and as I was finishing up, he pulled into the driveway and noticed right away the new trash cans. He asked me where they had come from and I said (since he asked me) I put them there for him since his old ones were broken. He said “Wow, thanks. How much do I owe you?” I said, “Oh not a thing, they are a gift.” He said “Are you sure?” and I said, “Oh yes, I’m VERY SURE”. (I said it that way because this was my first experiment to see if this thing of sowing and reaping was really true? Was it really going to work?). Next week when I returned to do that customers lawn, his next door neighbor asked if I’d be interested in doing their lawn as they seen how nice of a job I had done for their next door neighbor. As I was mowing the second new customers lawn their next door neighbor had stopped me and also asked if I could do their lawn on a regular basis, which of course I did also. The following week when I returned to do my three customers that lived in a row, one of the neighbors across the street decided to have me do their lawn too on a regular basis. I started with one customer on this street, and ended up with four! And it happened after I had sowed those trash cans. I believe had I taken payment from my first customer for those trash cans, I would not have reaped more customers.
I leave you with two book recommendations:
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
Inspiring you to have more Wealth and Riches in every area of your life,