February 24, 2016
The Seed Supplier
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
Recently, two young boys in church were observed dropping coins in the offering plate as it passed by. They were certainly not old enough to be gainfully employed or be given the responsibility of an allowance. Yet, they had money to put into the plate for God’s work. Where did they get it? Their dad gave them the coins shortly before they left home. He was teaching them some valuable lessons about Christian stewardship: 1. What we have in our hand we have only briefly. 2. What we have in our hand we have from our heavenly Father. 3. What we have in our hand has a purpose outside of ourselves.
When we put our offering in the collection plate, or however else we give to charity, we are only returning what our Father has delegated us to manage, not giving Him from our personal property. Using Paul’s illustration, the farmer does not make the seed, only receives it. He doesn’t eat or hoard the seed, but plants it in the ground where it becomes much more than it was. From that harvest, he gets more seeds to plant for more harvests. What grows is more than the farmer can possibly eat, so from his harvest he is able to bless others. Likewise, while we are using for His glory what our Father has given us to use (time, treasure, talent), he blesses both us and others.
Tonight’s Lenten message is about Christ’s command to pray, “Thy Kingdom come”. Here we ask God to use us in bringing His Kingdom to those who are not yet in it. Made righteous by faith in Him, we work for the Kingdom when we feed those who are hungry in body and soul with physical and spiritual food. Because our Father supplies what is needed, we don’t worry about daily necessities of life. We heed the command and promise of Christ who said, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Because God has already given the best gift of eternal life in Christ, we can be sure he will equip us with all that we need to do His Kingdom work in this life. Paul put it this way: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?(Rom.8:32) Having all that we need, we move forward boldly in faith. For whatever endeavor God will call us to do, we can be sure he will supply the seed for the harvest. We only need to plant it.