By: Tim Sader
2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Last week we learned about the parable of the tenants and how Jesus taught us to be faithful servants and produce good fruit. God the landowner rented the world to tenants that would be His people while He was away and after awhile he wanted to check in on them so he sent servants to see if they were producing fruit. They rejected those servants by killing them so the Lord sent other prophets, priests and kings but still the people rejected them and killed them so He had to send His son. The son came to straighten things out and handle the masters business and still the people would not accept Him so they killed Him to shut Him up hoping to have His inheritance. Those who rejected the son in this way are an evil people and will not share in the inheritance they will come to a bitter end and the Lord will find new tenants that will produce good fruit. The new tenants he chose because they served Christ and built themselves on the cornerstone the stone others rejected that we now look to as the foundation of our faith. The kingdom of God belongs to those who serve the master they fell on the rejected stone and were forever broken but to those who rejected that stone it fell on them and they were crushed. Good tenants work well in the vineyard they produce good fruit; they accepted the son when He showed up and will also share in His inheritance. God is our master we should be producing the fruit of the Spirit so we properly represent our Lord we should especially produce love because in it we conquer all and we fulfill the command of God.
Before we can ever start producing any kind of fruit good or bad we first have to plant seeds and see what grows. In Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” In this parable the man takes a tiny little mustard seed and plants it in the ground and waits to see it grow. After waiting some time the plant grows into the largest of garden plants becoming a tree with branches for the birds to nest in. This tiniest of seeds grew and grew becoming something huge in comparison to its original shape and size. The seeds we plant do not always go in the ground but like the mustard seed they are sown by the deeds we do, the words we speak and how we treat the world around us. In Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Here we are told that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed then we can move mountains. This tells me that with the tiniest seed of faith if we will plant it, take care of it and watch it grow we will see it accomplish even the largest task. Our small faith planted in the Lord means nothing is too small to even accomplish the impossible. I will take this principle a step further and say that any seed we plant in any soil will grow into something larger than itself and we determine whether that plant is something good or bad based on what we planted.
Job 4:8 says, “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” Here when we plow a field and prepare it for evil we sow trouble so when the evil plant grows we will reap more trouble then what we planted. Whatever we plant that is evil grows into more evil so lies produce more lies, anger and jealousy leads to murder and lust matures into fornication or adultery. Such a small seed of sin can grow into something that will lead us down a path of sin that we will not easily be able to uproot till we are thrown in the burn pile. Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. The principle of reaping and sowing not only is it biblical it is found in all religions, cultures, science and mathematics so we cannot be deceived and God will be found true. Some call it cause and effect, karma, positive and negative energy anyway we slice it whatever we do good or bad, right or wrong we will reap from every word, deed and action that we do in this life according to each seed. When we sow seeds that please the Spirit we grow only good plants and we reap the goodness of God which is eternal life. Today’s scripture 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. How much seed we sow also has a lot to do with exactly what we will reap when that seed produces its fruit. If we only sow a little love yes it will produce more but not as much love as we would reap if we planted it everywhere we go. We should be sowing our bad seed sparingly into the bad soil of this world so we will reap as sparingly as possible from our corruption. At the same time we should sow generously into what is good and from the Spirit we will generously reap the goodness of God in our lives.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a weekly or bi-weekly group discussion at my church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view School of the Spirit meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com and register for free then watch Friday for School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking the watch live tab at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the message spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
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Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27