But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
In the context of charitable giving for the poor brethren in Jerusalem, the apostle Paul uses an agricultural analogy. If a farmer only plants a small number of seeds, he won’t produce a huge crop. But if he prepares more land and plants more seeds, he will have a much greater chance of harvesting a bountiful crop.
Similarly, our generous giving to others will pay off with a bountiful crop of spiritual blessings. We will grow in character, grow in friendships and grow in love. And God promises to bless those who are cheerful givers, multiplying their efforts and giving them not only sufficient blessings, but abundance (2 Corinthians 9:7-11).
For more about the way of give, see the article on “Christian Giving.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “God Loves a Cheerful Giver.”