He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10 ESV.
I had a friend in seminary who was from Africa. After being here for 1 year, his wife and youngest two daughters were joining him. I felt like God told me to give him my car. But I needed my car to drive to seminary and work. After some spiritual mental wrestling, I told God I would give the car away as soon as I could find a replacement. The next weekend a gentlemen in church offered me a car (for free) that needed some minor repairs. I was able to repair the car and also delivered my car to my friend.
The immediate context of this verse is focused on living a life of generosity. So many people believe that if they had MORE money, then they would definitely be more generous. How would you distribute your money, if you were given a million dollars? The reality is that generosity starts with a mindset first, before the harvest is ever seen. Having more money does not make you more generous.
Supplying and then Multiplying
Supplying anticipates a harvest that impacts food for life – bread. Seeds come from the previous harvest so that you can plant them again. Part of your previous harvest is used to continue the cycle of provision for your family. Accumulation of seeds is not the goal, but an increase in the harvest.
For those that have a heart and action of generosity, God not only supplies your seeds, He multiplies your seeds. God overlays the principle of “faithful with little, entrusted with much”, to your commitment to share what you have. God honors those who share from the resources that they presently possess.
- Can you identify your seeds that God has provided for you? It’s not always money, but could be something else that you produce.
- How would you describe your bent toward generosity? Are you giving beyond your tithe?
- Sacrificial giving is a gateway to multiplying seeds. What does sacrificial giving look like in your life?
- Is there an impression from the Holy Spirit to give to someone in need that you have failed to obey? What is hindering the obedience?
We receive seeds with an open hand. A closed fist neither receives more nor shares what it has. The disciples brought the fish and loaves to Jesus with an open hand and a lack of understanding. They presented what they had, which was very little in relationship to 5000 hungry people. But Jesus was still able to multiply the offering.
On this Monday…May God supply and multiply your seed. May your heart of generosity grow large enough to break free from the chains of “what about me”. May you carry the atmosphere of a cheerful giver. Ask for more seed, and it shall be given to you, so that you may continue to be a blessing.
Blessings Love y’all