2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT) 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.”
The story of Jack and the Beanstalk is about a boy and his poor widowed mother fallen to desperate measures. When the dairy cow stops giving milk, she plummets from provider to problem so Jack is instructed to take her to market to be sold. But Jack meets an old man who offers a handful of “magic” beans in exchange for the cow. The boy decides his offer fair and makes the trade. His mother is distraught over his ignorance and throws the beans out the window in anger. Jack is punished for his clear stupidity and sent right to bed without dinner. This famous story of a handful of seeds that become a gigantic beanstalk leading to a kingdom in the clouds which houses a giant, his wife and a golden goose is a fairytale. It is the adopted mentality of many people who throw themselves and life savings away for something as small as money.
Why are the living conditions of most believers like that of the widow woman? She was indeed all alone. She had responsibility. Just when she thought things could not get any worse, her only source of income dries up. Now what? She sends her son to sell the cow for whatever pennies she will bring hoping to make it through one more day. He comes back with “magic” seeds. She could not believe his foolishness and throws the seeds away. What if by faith the woman in the story had planted the seeds rather than tossing them aside? What if she had tilled the long since dead patch of ground by her tiny dilapidated shack and committed those small beginnings into carefully plowed little rows, watered them, and waited? Would she have produced a crop to feed her household, sell at market, and perhaps share with her neighbors as well? What is in your hand today? What is in your heart? Are you willing to take the time to plant it, nurture it, and give it time to grow? To flip the script a bit, some people are like Jack. Barefoot and fancy free, this young man did not realize how grave the situation or perhaps he did. “Magic” beans appealed to him as it would change his current situation overnight. He couldn’t believe his eyes when the beanstalk appeared. Arriving at the larger than life home of the giant, the pauper became a thief.
You cannot rob the Kingdom of God. It is absolutely ours. God does not have grandchildren only children set to inherit. It is not a requirement to wait for His Kingdom to come. When God’s Will is done on earth, His Kingdom floods it. All that glitters is not gold. The Kingdom of God is paved with streets of gold or so the Bible says, so it is obvious that what we term “wealth” and “abundance” on earth is not the same as Heaven. We do not have to carve out a piece of the Kingdom – it is given to those who sow and reap supernaturally and allow God to provide physically for them. Money has the propensity to set one’s heart free to be who it was all the time. How many lottery winners boast of humble beginnings and find themselves in dire straits within just a few years? Sowing and reaping is the law that governs supernatural provision and providence in our life. On earth it may represent an economic resource, but to use it as such would be a great misrepresentation of the Kingdom that belongs to you and me.
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
If the secret to prosperity and productivity in our life is generosity, it might be a good idea to see what that is exactly. The word generous comes from the Latin root word “generosus” which means of noble birth. You are a Child of God. You are the offspring of a King. Your current situation only reflects the sowing of past seasons. The harvest in our life today is reminiscent of what was sown in the past season. The prodigal son possessed all of his father’s worth when he lived on his property as a member of his household. When he demanded his own way, given his portion of the inheritance (out of season), what happened? He squandered it all foolishly and decided that it would be better to be his father’s servant than to remain in his own way. What did the father do? Just what our heavenly Father does when his children repent and return to him broken and empty handed. We are of noble birth. It is time to sow the right seed and reap good harvests. It begins with generosity.
Generosity is characterized by liberal giving or sharing. It is an act that is unselfish. People are born in selfishness. A newborn baby comes with a grasp reflex. If you put your finger in their hand and try to pull away, they will instantly grab hold of it. Generosity is to be free from meanness or smallness of mind or character. It represents a large, abundant or ample supply. On a side note, it also denotes a strong flavor. It also means fertile or prolific (producing offspring or fruit). If you are generous, you gain God’s Attention.
Acts 10:1-2 (NLT) In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.
Acts 10 tells the story of Cornelius. Cornelius was a good man. Hard-working man of authority who was a devout God-fearing man. He was generous. He had a relationship with God. Peter was a Jew. He was a disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a man of ministry following Jesus Christ. Yet on the rooftop, he prayed in hunger crying out to the Lord. The Lord instructed him to eat. He was starving in his religious spirit and so God brought the two men together.
Cornelius had sown well on the earth and desired the Kingdom. Peter sowed well in the Kingdom but needed natural provision here on earth. God provided both of his sons what they needed that day. God does not show favoritism. (Acts 10:34) I believe that if we could grab hold of the importance of living in Kingdom agreement. Cornelius understood the heart of God. He needed an introduction to Jesus Christ to access the Kingdom and the Holy Spirit to bring it to earth. Peter followed God from birth, Jesus through adulthood all the way to the Cross, and even after His Resurrection had a personal relationship with the Lord – Peter didn’t understand the prosperity of the Kingdom though. Two mindsets that needed each other. God brought them together to set them both free.
James 3:17-18 (NLT) But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
Sowing and reaping is not a religious act. It is a natural principle. What you sow, you will reap. For a moment, don’t think of it in any way, shape or form concerning finance. I break the bondage of financial security over your life, in the Name of Jesus. Psalm 37:25-26 tells us that the godly are never abandoned, their children do not have to beg for bread, and that they are generous givers. In Psalm 112, godly people are described as generous, compassionate and righteous. When we sow these three things in our life, they will produce the following from it. Goodness comes to them. Evil cannot overtake them. They do not fear bad news. They are confident and fearless. They are triumphant. They have influence and honor. Generosity born of a relationship with Jesus Christ when completely connected by trust which gives from the deepest pocket of our heart produces prosperity of far greater worth than dollar for dollar. We must give from our hearts trusting Him rather than our pockets.
Isaiah 32:8 (NLT) But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.
Generosity is a choice. To give from a surplus is good, to give from our lack is even better. Generosity is not about giving what we want to or can afford to. It is standing firm in generosity when empty ourselves. Trusting God is not necessary in our own sufficiency. Grace provides when who we are, what we have and what we can do is not enough. Sowing and reaping is a generous effort. To sow in finance produces more money. To sow in people builds a Kingdom that cannot be touched or destroyed. Are you sowing generously from your spirit man today? To be the living sacrifice is to give even when it is not given. (Romans 12) It is to offer the Kingdom in every situation, natural condition and even from a broken heart. God bless those who are poor in spirit and realize their need for Him. (Matthew 5:3) To sow generously is our privilege as God’s Children. It releases our inheritance here on the earth.
Deuteronomy 15:10 (NLT) Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.