Harvest of Blessing

Galatians 6:9   (NLT)   So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

We want to fight the good fight; we want to finish the race; we want to keep the faith. Our call is to persevere until the end. We do what’s good, what’s right, and what’s godly. We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Christian life isn’t Galatians 6.9 - Harvest of Blessingalways easy; there are hard times. But we are expected to never tire doing what is good. No matter how long and hard our struggles are, they’re still very short and worth bearing in the light of the blissful and glorious eternity awaiting us.  For those who persevere, God’s word promises a harvest of blessing—now, and infinitely more so in eternity.

We can’t deny the reality of the principle of sowing and reaping; it is explicitly and clearly taught in God’s Word. The age of grace neither terminates nor prohibits God’s blessings and rewards as fruits of our labor. The principle of sowing and reaping works perfectly with the principle of grace. The harvest is multiplied times more than the amount planted. That is a good picture of God’s grace.

God’s Word encouraging us to continue doing good isn’t to give us a hard time; it is God positioning us under the blessings of an open heaven. Others don’t accept this because they see how it leads dangerously to boasting about our own efforts. We’re emphatically taught in the Scriptures how our salvation is by God’s grace through our response of faith; it’s not a result of works, or else we’ll be boasting about our own righteousness. We love that passage. We also love the fact that we’re created unto good works, and that God rewards us still. We guard our hearts against pride and self-righteousness; our hearts are already set; our boast is in the Lord. We don’t deny that. We also don’t deny the blessedness of planting the seed of good deeds.

We don’t get tired of doing good. And I pray we won’t. It’s wonderful to live under God’s blessings. To be blessed when we rise, blessed when we lie down, blessed in the city, blessed in our homes, blessed in the country, blessed when we drive, blessed when we work, blessed when we rest, blessed with our children, blessed with our spouses, blessed in our ministry, blessed in our businesses, blessed in our works, blessed in our endeavors, blessed in our relationships—we won’t and don’t get tired of those, rather, we enjoy them to the utmost.

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We Give Because We’re His

Numbers 31:54   (NLT)   So Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted the gifts from the generals and captains and brought the gold to the Tabernacle as a reminder to the Lord that the people of Israel belong to him.

Our giving to the Lord is one way of expressing our belongingness to Him. Not everyone who gives to God belongs to God. But giving is a beautiful gesture of gratefulness for the precious privilege of being invited to be and accepted as part of his family, as one of His children.

Numbers 31.54 - We Give Because We're HisThe truth is the Lord owns everything; He doesn’t need anything from us. What we give Him comes from Him anyway. It just appears like we’re giving. Still, we have a choice. We can choose to use all of God’s gifts for ourselves without giving or spending for His work and His Kingdom, but we choose to “give” back to Him. That’s the least we can do with the overflowing blessings He allows us to enjoy.

God gives us victory upon victory; it’s just appropriate that we give Him a portion of the spoils. I would be willing to give Him everything because of so many victories He gives us. He honors us tremendously; He values us very highly. He honors our words; He gave our words power of life in death. He honors us by entrusting us our fellowman, even His creation. He gives us access and allows us to live in His divine laws—principles that are often paradoxical to the world’s ways of doing things. The world would rather keep everything they get, would rather keep accumulating and hoarding. They would rather receive than give. But the Lord would rather have us give than receive; for Him, we’re more blessed that way. He would rather have us love people, not use, misuse, and abuse them. He would rather have us serve them than lord it over them.

Being His people carries incalculably huge amount of perks, blessings, and promises. We don’t operate only in the sphere of senses—of the material; we operate in the supernatural. We operate not by sight, not by feelings, not by senses alone, but by faith; we function in the supernatural world as well. When He asks us to give, it is not because He wants us lacking and with less; it’s because He wants to multiply what we have and fill us to overflowing. Giving to Him and to His work then is a huge honor, privilege, and blessing.

Giving and Receiving?

Luke 6:38   (KJV)   38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Clearly, giving and receiving, sowing and reaping are Scriptural principles. To remind ourselves again: our giving is motivated by love. We don’t give so we can receive. The Luke 6.38 - Giving and Receivingsowing part though? We don’t want to be hypocritical ever, but the truth though is: when farmers sow, it’s for the purpose of harvesting. I guess it’s not wrong to believe or anticipate harvest as long as love is our underlying motive in all we do.

Although this principle is often associated with material things, it goes way beyond that. This is true with other very important factors in Christian life. Because we believe it, it’s much easier to obey our precious Lord, even in His commands that the world sees as very unfair.

We sow love; we reap love. That’s right. That’s why we can love our enemies; that’s why we can do good even to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, pray for those who hurt us. As we sow love, and blessing, good deeds, prayer, mercy, etc., we can expect to receive them in “harvest” measures. Remember, what we harvest is multiplied times greater than the seeds we sow.

Through this, our uniqueness shines brighter. We get to show our difference as children of the most High Who loves even the most rebellious among us.

Blessedness in Fearfulness

Psalm 128:1   (KJV)   Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.

There is blessedness in fearing the Lord. This clarifies the fear issue. Is it godly or ungodly to fear? Perfect love casts out fear; because of this, some see fear as evil and ungodly. But there are many Scriptures commanding us to fear the Lord. This shows that there is a godly kind of fear, apsalm-128-1-blessed-fear fear that we don’t just permit, but a fear we pursue. This kind of fear is coupled with and proven by a surrendered life to Him. Fear of God that doesn’t walk in His ways isn’t real.

True believers obey God’s commands and follow God’s ways. This naturally brings blessings for choosing the best way of living. A life of wisdom is life that brings much reward. We reap what we sow. Life in fearful high respect for God’s greatness, His awesome being and power is a life that knows its freedom and boundaries. We enjoy our freedom to the utmost but not carelessly and recklessly. God Who lovingly and generously gives us this freedom is also the most powerful Entity in existence. It’s wise living in His pleasure, valuing Him above all, and treating Him with utmost respect.

There’s no life better than that lived in blessedness. We are blessed with righteousness; although we’ve sinned and we sin against Him; He forgives those of us who come to Him in repentance; He restores our souls. Although spiritual blessings are infinitely more important than any material blessings we receive, He doesn’t neglect our material and physical existence. He gives us health, wholeness, mobility, and healing. Even as we sleep, when all our natural senses are suspended, when our minds are not aware of its surroundings, the organs of our bodies keep functioning. There’s no sickness He can’t heal. We’re blessed with beautiful families. We’re blessed with hope; we’re blessed with an indescribably glorious eternal home. We can go on and on, but we’ve made the point. Nothing beats our lives as true believers.

Praise you Lord for a life of love, joy, peace, and freedom, a life of blessedness found in our precious Lord Jesus.

Giving and Receiving

Mark 4:24  (KJV)   24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

There is a direct relation between how one gives and how one receives.

The Bible teaches us that we will sow what we reap. What we’ll reap is naturally more than what we sow. There’s really nothing ungodly about believing that God returns to us more than what we invest in His Kingdom. The greatest motivation for anything we do is love for God. This applies to giving. We sow, we give because we love God. With that, we also believe that we will receive more. Many of us have treated this as another “either-or” teaching of the Word of God. This ought to not be so. Yes, we ought to give because of love and not because we will receive more, but we ought to not undermine the Lord’s explicit teaching on giving and receiving. We believe both and apply them appropriately. It’s good to know that we have a small part to play in determining how much we’ll receive.

Our God of love and increase, please help us to enjoy the fullness of Your Word. Please give us wisdom to be careful not to downplay any of Your teachings in trying to affirm one, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.