Sowing is an intentional act with the goal of reaping a harvest. Just like a farmer, he places the seed intentionally in a location with fertile ground that will give him the best possible return on the seed.

We began the monthly series about sowing and reaping. In the previous months we looked more in depth as reaping. We also examined more closely what it means to sow and how to do it properly. This month I would like to wrap up the series by looking closely at how both of them when done properly yield maximum results.

In last month's newsletter we looked specifically at how to sow. Sowing is an intentional act with the goal of reaping a harvest. Just like a farmer, he places the seed intentionally in a location with fertile ground that will give him the best possible return on the seed.

Several months ago we looked specifically how to reap. I mentioned that reaping is the least taught concept in church today; the emphasis is placed primarily on the sowing. I took some time to show how to reap a harvest and what you should be looking for during harvest time.

So the question we have to ask is, “how do you both sow and reap effectively for maximum gains?” First, allow me to make this real clear upfront. By sowing and reaping intentionally you are not sacrificing your faith. Nor are you being greedy or unspiritual. Nobody in their right mind would tell a farmer that he is, “greedy, unspiritual, or sacrificing their faith for his act of sowing with the intention to reap a harvest.” Everybody knows that the farmers' role is important to his family and his community. Without the farmer having the right knowledge to sow and reap, the rest of the world would not eat.

Sowing and reaping for the Christian is a spiritual act that requires both knowledge and great faith. The reason for this is not so obvious to most. When a Christian sows they should do so at the leading of the Holy Spirit. God knows where the fertile ground is, so it takes great faith to sow finances into a place that goes against human reasoning. I remember a time when I went against human reason and sowed into a place that didn't appear to make sense to me. In fact, from the outside, the place that I sowed looked like no fruit was being produced. However, it took faith on my part to trust where God wanted me to sow. In short; that seed produced fruit to that area and it provided a harvest for me shortly afterwards.

In 1 Kings 17:1-24 the widow sowed into a prophet's life. To the eyes this makes no sense because it was the last of the food. It took great faith to hear the voice of God through the prophet, the very person she was to feed. Without sowing intentionally and reaping supernaturally, the woman would have literally died of starvation.

A common issue I see today is that people do not recognize that sowing and reaping is a spiritual thing; it requires faith in order to reap a harvest. Yet, it is labeled as a negative thing to expect a return; saying that “greed is the bottom line.” This is not the case at all. You have to ask yourself this question, “how can God increase if you don't sow or reap in faith according to His Word? How can God use your increase to bless others, if you don't sow and reap in faith?” The harvest should be big enough to take care of you and others in need. In fact, it should be big enough so that you can replant for another harvest to continue to bless others, just like the farmer.

Jesus talked about sowing and reaping, emphasising the importance of it because it is a natural law that God has established in the world for our benefit. In Mathew 13:1-23 Jesus tells the parable of a sower who sows into different kinds of ground and gets mixed results. Here's the interesting thing about this passage; Jesus wasn't talking about finances, He was talking about Himself, how the kingdom of God operates, and the Word of God itself. So why do teachers and preachers read this passage as those the context was about finances? It's because they are emphasising a principle that God created in order for it to yield a fruitful harvest for us on earth. The point Jesus was making was that God's Word when sown properly will yield a great harvest in every area of our life. There is an intentional expectation of reaping a harvest though God's Word.














2 Corinthians 9:1-15, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”  Paul knew how to apply the principle of sowing and reaping effectively so that others were blessed. In fact, I wold like to point out something that perhaps you have never heard of before or have ever considered. Look specifically at verse 10, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”

The key words to examine are “…will also supply and increase your store of seed…” in other words; as you sow you should expect a harvest because within that harvest is more seed to sow. There is a cyclical event of sowing and reaping happening and that's why the following words are “…and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” This continuous sowing and reaping naturally enlarges the harvest. There is an inherent enlarging of the harvest so that the person can do what is right and just; to become the visible heart of God through generosity.

Now that we have gone over sowing and reaping in detail, let's put all this into practical application starting today. In prayer, ask God where to plant your next seed; which might be time, money, or skills. Once you have the type of seed you will plant and where you should plant it do so with joy and thank God for giving you the opportunity to give. Give God the praise and thank Him for the harvest that it will return.

From that moment on be expecting a harvest from somewhere. Remember what I said about harvesting in the previous article. Sometimes the harvest may come from someone or someplace you wouldn't expect. Do not put limits on when, where, and how God brings the harvest. This harvest might come in the form of an opportunity or being connected to the right people. Once you see your harvest, take it in and then ask God what to do with it. It may be a mix of food and seed. Then do the process again. Now you have more seed than when you started. Now you are in a position to bless others.

Try this as an experiment. Make a chart of sowing and reaping. In one column call it sow and the other call it reap. Make a note of what you sowed; that might be money and the amount you sowed, or it might be time or talent. Be sure to put a date and amount to the sowing side. Also note if the seed came from a harvest that you sowed earlier.

Then make a note of reaping a harvest. Be sure to include the same information as above. Note how much you harvested, where it came from and when.

Continue this for a couple of months and see what happens! I would be delighted to find out your story about sowing and reaping. Please email me and let me know if these teachings have made a difference in your life. If they have, I would love to write about it in a future article on Faith News Niagara.

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Please note: This is general information and is not intended to be legal advice. You should consult with your own financial advisor before making any major financial decisions, including investments or changes to your portfolio, and a qualified legal professional before executing any legal documents or taking any legal action. Faith News Niagara and Joshua Ray are not responsible for any losses, damages or claims that may result from your financial or legal decisions.

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We began the monthly series about sowing and reaping. In the previous months we looked more in depth as reaping. We also examined more closely what it means to sow and how to do it properly. This month I would like to wrap up the series by looking closely at how both of them when done properly yield maximum results.

In last month's newsletter we looked specifically at how to sow.

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