It hit me recently that I am now tithing four times as much as I made in my first ministry position. Tithing equals ten percent of total income. Now, it's ministry so my start was not so glamorous, but the thought is emotional for me. It's hard to believe all that God has done. Some days I can't believe how far God has brought me. To be honest, it's most days. I am sure you feel the same way too.
However, my wife and I have recognized that our willingness to sow our seed has always created more room for God to bless us. To be honest, we tithe 10% of our income each year and give an additional 5% in offerings. I used to only be a 10% giver. Today, I continue, alongside my bride, to try and out-give God. It's impossible. It's crazy, but the seed we sow this year always affects our harvest next year. Don't be stingy, be generous.
Scripture declares, "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" (2 Corinthians 9:10). That simply reveals that God can only grow what you sow. You have to give God something to work with. He will multiply your resources. But then what does it say next? He will produce a harvest of generosity in you. You are blessed to be a blessing.
"It’s accurate to say that if you are short of seed (finances), then you are not sowing like you should. God will see to it that sowers have money to abound unto every good work." ~Andrew Wommack
Our pastor, David Crank, always says, "If God can get it through you, He will get it to you." Oh, we have been living that principle over the last few years. Since we have been under the covering of our pastors we have seen God take our lives to levels we could never imagine 20 years ago. It is a joy to keep sowing. The more we sow, the more we grow. Then the more we grow, the more we get to sow.
Let me say this: Bless your leaders. I will often CashApp my pastor or send Starbucks cards to groups of pastors via text. It matters. Honor the people who sow into your life. It's just another way to sow some seed. I host events where I just bless pastors. There is no doubt in my mind why my family is blessed today.
I had a young lady come up to me recently before church and gave me a wad of hundreds. I could not believe it. She wanted to sow into her pastors. She is a young lady, but understands honor in a way many don't. I took that seed placed it back in her hands and we prayed, "Father, as your daughter has sowed seed into her pastor I pray that this seed would be multiplied in her life, In Jesus' name." Now, I can't wait to hear what God does in her.
How does God provide seed and increase your resources?
Honor God with your tithe. Return 10% back to the place you are fed.
Honor God with offerings. Give over and above to the work of God's Kingdom.
Honor your pastors. Invest in the people who invest in you.
Honor others. Sow seed into the fertile soil of people's lives.
If you do this, I believe and declare, that God will continue to provide seed and you will lack no good thing, In Jesus's name.
Remember, God can only grow what you sow. Start sowing. Keep sowing.