“You reap what you sow.” So, what are seeds are you planting, and where are you planting them? Your work and toil today, what’s it for? To earn a paycheck to pay for shelter, food, and transportation? Or, do you long for something deeper. Here’s the thing, God’s economy works with the world, but works differently.
I naturally want to take the money I make from my vocation and use to provide for my family. However, if I’m not careful, I begin to operate out of a scarcity mentality. I know I have a limited supply and limited assets. That’s how personal economy works when I do things my way. But for people of faith, a different way exists. For those who seek and trust the Lord, what ever provisions they need, the resources show up in abundance. We worry about finances, and God knows we need to eat. But does that worry lead to fear, that then breeds within us an attitude of survival and self-preservation? You see, we weren’t made to live for ourselves. We were made to live for others. Paul and the traveling missionary buddies faced lots of trials, but they always had food to eat. The Lord always provided for their needs. Yes, they worked for it, but they always shared it as well. They trusted in God’s Economy. Can you and I do the same? It’s a challenge, but it does change my perspective on this day. Am a I working to survive??? or Am I working for the Lord, investing in others, and providing for others, trusting by faith and experience that God will provide for me and my family? What seeds are we planting? What will we harvest? Selfish gain or provision from the Lord with the reward of having loved and cared deeply for others? Galatian offers this simple but difficult challenge as a way of life:
7 Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. 8 Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. 10 So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith. – Galatians 6: 7-10
How will you live today? What seeds will you sow? Make no mistake, this may sound simple, but farming is hard work.
Prayer: Lord, help me to move beyond on myself, beyond selfishness born out of fear of self-preservation, into the great adventure of trusting and serving you. Amen.