Blessed to Be a Blessing

In the Bible, ( New Living Translation), it says ” Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

That’s a concept that regardless of whether you read and believe the Bible or not, proves itself over and over to be true, and is a fact and infallible law in life. What you sow, you will reap. And what kind of harvest you reap is not only based on what you sow, but on how much you sow. If you sow bitterness and strife, that is what you will reap. And if you sow bitterness and strife in large amounts, large amounts of bitterness and strife is what you will reap. If a farmer wants a crop of corn, he doesn’t plant soy beans. He knows the only seed that will produce a harvest of corn is corn seed. And if the farmer wants a very large crop of corn, he knows he has to plant more than one bag. The size of his crop is going to be in direct relation to the amount of seed he plants.

When we consider this, why is it then that people every day sow one thing and expect a crop of something else? Some folks expect to reap a tremendous harvest and great blessings from God, but have sown very little. If you want to reap kindness, love, understanding from others, mercy, or whatever else, you have to sow this type of seed into the lives of others. And how much of it you reap will always depend on how much you sow.

I’ve seen people who are constantly sowing bitterness, gossiping about others, backbiting, and being generally toxic people, yet they expect others to return to them all the opposite. People like this are deceiving themselves as the Bible says in Galatians 6:7 where it reads “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” I continually pray that God will daily remind me that if I sow blessings to others, blessings will come back to me, in amounts directly proportional to what I have sown.

If there is anything that God has taught me in the last year or so, it’s that when you are talking about sowing your money into God’s work and into ministry, you CAN NOT out-give God! It seems that the more free and openly willing I become to give back to God what He has blessed me with, the more blessings He pours out! God has taught me that He doesn’t bless us with the intentions of us being a cup….to only collect what we receive. His intent is for us not to be like a cup, but like a funnel. A funnel doesn’t collect anything, it only passes what is put into it along to something else. That’s how we should be. God desires to bless us in order that we can be a blessing.

It is mainly for this reason that Janet and I are focused like a laser on getting completely out of debt and staying that way. It’s hard to be the giving person God wants you to be when you are in debt and broke. You should determine to be blessed to be a blessing. When you adopt this mindset, you will indeed be blessed.

Thanks for Reading!
Until Next Time,
Mark

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