What would you say if I tell you that your ego is the main hindrance to live your best life? If you make the world turn around you and your needs, your selfishness will prevent you to listen to other people’s needs; consequently you will never experience God in your life. You must be a giver to be able to thrive.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7
We must plant some good seed in the fields of our families, careers, business, and personal relationships in order to, like a farmer, reap the harvest. What if the farmer, for a reason or another decided to lie down, sit around and “hope” the harvest would come in? Long story short, he will simply wait around all his life and nothing will come. It’s a principle that God established. To harvest, you must plant the seed.
At the same time, if you want to reap good things, you have to sow some good things. You cannot expect to reap happiness if you sow “desolation”, but on the contrary you have to sow happiness by making other people happy.
By reaching out to other people, you become less self-centered. If you really, sincerely want God to solve your problems, you have to help solve somebody else’s problem. It’ll be your way of planting some good seeds.
If we take a concrete example from the Bible, when the famine occurred in Canaan, people were starving. They literally had nothing to eat. But Isaac did something that nobody at that time would have conceived logical to do.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herbs, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. Genesis 26:12-14
Maybe today you are suffering from that same kind of famine. It can be in your relationship with your wife, your kids, your fiance, your family; it can be because you lost your job, you have financial problems, your health, or simply because you are passing by a tough time. Perhaps you need peace in your home. Perhaps you feel alone. The best you can do is to get your mind off yourself and help meet somebody else’s need. You might feel discouraged today, you might feel down, but do you really thing that sitting down will solve the issue! You can not sit down and feel sorry for yourself. You have God with you!
God promised that when you meet someone else’s need, He will make sure your needs are supplied. If you need to find miracles come to your life, go out and help somebody else. Try to let God use you to draw a smile on somebody else’s face. He will bring someone or something or an angel to draw a smile on your face!
The Bible says:
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgement as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6 KJV
We need to be more seed oriented than need oriented.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but come to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshed others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25
It is in those moment that it is important to stretch your faith and apply what you “learned.
At the same time, we can not rob God and expect Him to bless us. God does not need your time, your money, or you to come out and do His job. He does not try to get anything from us. Come on, we are talking about God, the creator of everything around you. All He says, is “plant the seed to collect the harvest.”
You might not have much to give. And here I want to make a clear distinction between the tithe, donations and planting the seeds. We will have the chance to talk about each of them in the near future. But the point, is that if God can not trust you with what you have right now, how can He trust you with more?
You might feel alone, while somebody else at the hospital or the hospice is feeling alone too. You can plant the seeds by going there and fill that emptiness. You might have money for two hot chocolate, while someone on the side of the road, is freezing and has nothing to drink. Go and share what you have. You plant the seeds all the time of your life, you don’t have to wait for period of troubles.
In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Honor God and see if He will not honor your back. If you are faithful and clearly present to God that you are trustworthy with what you have right now, there will be no limit to what God will bring into your life.
Remember, even when everything look miserably bad, God is at your side working for you, you just have to be patient and faithful.
Give, and it will be given to you. Luke 6:38