“ Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”- 2 Corinthians 9:6
Spring has arrived according to the calendar, and memories from our family farm come with it for me. A farm is a great place to learn some simple truths that come true in life, and there is no better place to learn it than in the family garden. For most of my childhood and teenage years, my Father would till the soil in a spot by our house and plant a garden. It was filled with all types of vegetables that I helped plant.
As my Father plowed the field into rows, I would take a hoe handle and make a hole in the top of the row spaced according to my Fathers instruction. Then I would take a seed and place it in it, cover the seed and wait. I would go each day to see if anything was growing, and for a while, I would become frustrated that it wasn’t growing fast enough. The day would come when I jumped off the school bus and ran to the garden to find the soil disturbed at the top of the room and a plant arising from it.
Jesus used a lot of illustrations of farming to teach His disciples about the Kingdom of God and their responsibility to it. Paul shares with the Corinthians a simple truth that you will only get a generous crop by being generous. You and I are farming the fields around us, working to produce a harvest worthy of the one that we follow. Let us be extravagant in our generosity and watch what our Heavenly Father can do.