Losing To Gain

Posted: 24 September, 2008 in Ponderings
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Losing to Gain, Sowing the Seeds for the Future

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

   “They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!   2 Corinthians 9:6-14

 

A farmer who is sowing seeds on the his field seems like he is throwing it away. He throws the seeds seemingly unsystematically and without care. To the unqualified, the seeds seems lost and unrecoverable, but the farmer knows he will get back and get back with much much more.

When we give up ourselves to follow Christ, to the uninitiated, it may seem that we are throwing our lives, our time, our money and devotion away. But like the farmer, we know with great confidence we will get it back-with much more. Jesus promised in the Bible, Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 10:39  In essence, we are losing to actually gain.

Losing To Gain, farmerThe way of the cross is very different from what the world perceives, The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:5  Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by seemingly losses than by gains, by sacrifices than by self-preservation, by give than by hording, by giving love than by demanding love.

 

The truth of life is this: God provided us with everything in the first place. Every breath we take; every move we make; everything we own is God given. And if we cheerful give Him our little, God will also in turn generously provide all you need. And so much so generously that plenty left over to share with others.

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. We have a generous God who wants His people to be generous as well. At the end of the day God like us to joyfully express our thanks to Him.

So are you ready to lose it?

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