reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap
In this verse Paul is speaking to the Corinthians about giving
money. He is encouraging them to give generously. Yet, the more I think about this concept I do not think it is only contextual.
The principle of sowing and reaping, either sparingly or generously, is universal. I cannot think of an exception. Actually, I did think of my house plants. They seem to do better with less water versus more water.
Yet, if one can only reap generously if one sows generously, wouldn’t we want to sow generously in the most important areas of our lives?
Can we expect generous reaping from our children’s lives if we
only sow sparingly?
Deuteronomy 6: 7 “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 11: 19 “Teach them to your children, talking about
them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Teach “them”, God’s decrees, to your children.
Deut. 6: 2 “so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.” Now that is reaping generously!
I love the end of that verse, so that you may ENJOY long life;
not just live a long life, but ENJOY long life.
Reaping generously takes time; it takes a lot of touches with our children. Keeping our children busy does not allow us to pour into them. It is a mother and a father’s job to talk about God’s decrees, commands and explain what God has done to their children. (note: it says to teach them to YOUR children)
Don’t be surprised, you will get what you sow.