Sowing and Reaping
You can only have one Master!
Chuck Colson says, “The greatest challenge facing the church today is to reassert the Lordship of Christ."
The definition of lordship means: ”One who possesses and exercises supreme authority over an individual or group.”
Let's think about Lordship from the standpoint of our accountability to God. We must recognize that God ultimately owns everything in our lives and therefore it is to Him that we are accountable.
God owns everything in the earth.
“The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. For He laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths" (Psalm 24:1-2, NLT).
I am responsible to manage all of His resources. That includes WAY MORE than money. That includes time, opportunities, relationships, talents, skills, as well as finances.
When I don’t manage His resources, but instead act as though they were my own, I’m treading on “thin ice”. In fact, it is not stretching it to recognize that when we pretend to “own” what we have been given to “manage”, we are guilty of embezzlement.
Embezzle: to appropriate fraudulently to one’s own use that which is entrusted to one’s care.
The Bible calls the care of God’s resources “Stewardship.”
The major law governing Stewardship is the Law of Sowing and Reaping:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (II Corinthians 9:6).
Where do you sow and where do you reap?
You sow and reap in every dimension of life. You sow in your use of time. And you reap.
You sow in your relationships. And you reap.
You sow in your family. And you reap.
You sow in your work. And you reap.
You sow in your neighborhood. And you reap.
You sow in your finances. And you reap.
What seeds are you sowing? For whom are you sowing? What are you reaping? Are you sowing seed that makes a difference? The Apostle Paul prayed a powerful prayer that is recorded in the New Testament. And while it does not directly address the words “sowing and reaping”, it does challenge us to comprehend what God wants to do in us personally, and in our shared life together:
“I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those He called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people” (Ephesians 1:16-18, NLT).
When we receive spiritual wisdom and understanding from God, our hearts are flooded with light! God has a great and glorious future for each of us that is WAY beyond anything we’ve yet dared to dream!
What could God do with us if we dreamed His dreams? Indeed, what would it be like for everyone in our midst to be practicing Biblical Stewardship? What if the teachers were teaching, the shepherds were shepherding, the administrators were administrating, the helpers were helping, and the mercy people were being merciful? Wow! Now, that would be a wild ride!