In the Christmas season we often are consumed with giving gifts that are quickly forgotten. What if, instead, you could invest your time, energy and money in a way that would have a lasting impact?
The Parable of Two Farmers
There once were two farmers whose farms were right next to each other’s. And each of them started out with one bushel of grain.
The 1st Farmer saw that the grain would make great cakes, pastries and bread. He loved homemade bread. So he thought to himself, “Why would I put all this in the ground? I’ll plant as little as possible and enjoy the rest.”
And so on his farm he planted one row of grain and enjoyed wonderful pastries, cakes and bread.
The 2nd Farmer looked at his bushel of grain and thought, “If I live on as little as possible and plant the rest, this time next year I’ll have a bountiful harvest to enjoy and plenty to plant for the following year.”
And so while the 1st Farmer was enjoying fine pastries and homemade bread, the 2nd Farmer made little flat breads and often went without as he worked the field. Instead of 1 row, the 2nd Farmer planted 50 rows of grain.
Months went by and the 1st Farmer thought he had it made, as he relaxed, ate and watched the 2nd Farmer work, toil and eat his small flat bread.
Then one day, it was finally harvest time. The farmers took a look at their fields and began to gather their crop.
The 1st Farmer one row yielded a crop but it wasn’t nearly as much as he wanted. In fact when he gathered it all together it was a little less than a bushel full. He had less than he started with the previous year.
The 2nd Farmer went out to harvest his field and the return was bigger than he could have dreamed. He started out with 1 bushel of grain and after harvesting his 50 rows; he now had 40 bushels of grain. He now needed more land to plant his crops and ask the 1st Farmer if he would be willing to sell.
The 1st Farmer was mad at the 2nd Farmers good fortune, called him lucky and couldn’t believe how unfair God had been. “Why did God bless him more than me?” He said.
“My friend,” the 2nd Farmer said, “The answer is simply found in the law of the harvest.”
THE LAW OF THE HARVEST:
Principle: We REAP what we SOW.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
1. We reap in PROPORTION to what we sow.
2. We always reap the SAME in KIND that we sowed.
3. We never reap in the same SEASON that we sow.
What are you sowing today? Where are you sowing?
What are you hoping to reap this next year?