Day 12

The Scripture

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one give as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion—for God loves a cheerful giver.

Heart Thoughts

A week ago, I preached a messaged from this passage of Scripture. The main idea of the message was simple, “Be seed-minded and not me-minded.”  The whole idea is that when you really focus on the seed God has given you and using that seed to be a blessing to others then you experience the reciprocal blessing of God. What was amazing is that people were not necessarily moved by that idea but by something else altogether.

I had pointed out from this text that there are really three ways of understanding God in relationship to your money or your seed. First, is the one who gives but gives grudgingly. This person sees God as a Taker.  They give grudgingly or like to say tuggingly. It is like a parent who has to work hard to get something out of a child’s hand.  The child does not want to let it go or share. This person thinks God is just a Taker taking their money away from them.  The second person gives out of compulsion. The reason they give out of compulsion is because they think God is a Demander. They feel like God is standing over them with in judgment and power and demanding their money.  What both of these people share in common is that they sow their seed sparingly. They can’t help it because their view of God drives their heart. For these two people God is just a Taker or a Demander.

These two views impact every area of life. The one who views God as a Taker sees the Shabbat as God taking time away, sees the Holy Days as God taking away from activities they would rather do, sees the moral command and prohibitions as God taking away human freedom.  The one who views God as a Demander sees the Shabbat, Holy Days, the moral commands and prohibitions as a demand on time, a restriction on life, a fence they wish they could climb over. It goes even deeper to how both of these people view marriage, children, tragedy and covenant.

The third person is joyful/cheerful. Why is he cheerful? He views God as a Giver.  He sees that God has given everything because he has founded His kingdom on love. He did not start His kingdom by attacking what He hates but on saving what He loves, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only begotten Son” (John 3:16). God gives because He loves.  This person sees their whole financial portfolio as a gift, sees the Shabbat as a gift, sees the whole Torah of God as a gift, sees salvation as a gift, sees Husband or Wife as a gift, children as a gift, everything is a gift from God who is the Giver.  This one sows seed bountifully and reaps bountifully.

Prayer

May the God of Israel who gave His only Son out of love richly bless you. May Adonai’s amazing gifts and blessings flow down your head and crown you today. May His blessings clothe you and empower you. May you see today as the day the Lord has made and rejoice and be glad in it. May this Shabbat rest be received as what it was always meant to be: a Gift from Your Heavenly Father for You.

For the Feed

The third person is joyful/cheerful. Why is he cheerful? He views God as a Giver.  He sees that God has given everything because he has founded His kingdom on love. He did not start His kingdom by attacking what He hates but on saving what He loves, “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only begotten Son” (John 3:16). God gives because He loves.  This person sees their whole financial portfolio as a gift, sees the Shabbat as a gift, sees the whole Torah of God as a gift, sees salvation as a gift, sees Husband or Wife as a gift, children as a gift, everything is a gift from God who is the Giver.  This one sows seed bountifully and reaps bountifully.