Monthly Partner Letter – July 2018
It’s harvest time in my cityl!
Tomatoes, cucumbers, corn…they are everywhere you look. I love this time of year. It’s a busy time. And it’s a productive time.
As I sat looking over my little garden, I was thinking about what I would do different next year.
You see, I planted a small garden. I planted a few cucumbers, a few peppers, some green beans. A few potatoes. A few watermelons and cantaloupe. I have enjoyed it tremendously. I had enough harvest to share cucumbers with Brailee and Breanne. I had enough green beans to cook them several times. I had enough peppers to put a few away for winter. But I did not have enough to do what I wanted to do.
I didn’t have enough to can my own green beans out of my garden. I didn’t have enough cucumber to make pickles out of my garden. I knew if I received the harvest I wanted, I would have to do things differently next season.
These are the things I was thinking about today when God spoke to me. He said, “don’t plant ordinary seeds if you want an extraordinary harvest.”
Concerning my garden, He was saying, “if you want to reap more, you must sow bigger next time.”
Ordinary seeds…ordinary is defined as; common according to an established order, of little merit.
Extraordinary is defined as; beyond common, exceeding common measure, and sent for a special purpose.
2 Corinthians 6:9 says; Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Luke 6:38 says; Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
I cannot put three seeds in the ground and expect to reap enough harvest for an entire season. If I want a bigger harvest, I must sow more seed.
The question to ask myself is not, “how much do I want to sow?” The question I must ask myself is, “how much do I want to reap?”
So it is with the seeds we sow into the Kingdom of God.
If we want an ordinary harvest, we can sow ordinary seeds. BUT. If we want an extraordinary harvest, we must sow an extraordinary seed.
The question is not, how much do I sow? The question is, how much do I want to reap. God’s word is plain. Especially concerning giving and receiving. We receive whatsoever we sow. And we get back the measure we put in. (Gal. 6)
In my garden, I am reaping exactly what I have sown. Just like the Bible says. A man’s harvest comes only from what he has sown. I can’t expect to have more harvest. I can only expect the measure I have sown.
In my life, in my finances, I can’t expect to have a harvest on seed I have not sown. It just doesn’t work that way.
God takes our little and multiplies it and makes it much! I love that about Him. But we have to give Him something to work with. Years ago, I started out giving very small amounts. It was all I had and I gladly gave it to God. However, there were times He prompted me to sow an extraordinary seed. One that was hard for me to give. Each time I obeyed, it was answered with an extraordinary harvest.
Today, once again, after all these years, God is reminding me of a truth. If I want to harvest more, I must sow more. If I want an extraordinary harvest, I can’t sow an ordinary seed.
I don’t know what your need is today. I do know that Gods word is true. Whatsoever a man sows, THAT shall he reap. Whichever measure we sow, it will be measured back to us again. We have His word on it.
This month as you sow your precious seed, may our God grant you an extraordinary harvest!
As always, we thank God for you. We count it a privilege to pray for you and your family daily. May His blessings overtake you today. May you walk in His peace and His presence all the days of your life.