How many of you like me have at times said something like this, "Lord, I just do not know how to witness to others, I just do not have the right words, when I get to heaven, I will have to say I am sorry for not speaking when I should have? Well, not all of us are going to be the ones who go around witnessing to people one on one, but we can still sow God's seed into the lives of others, and watch as that seed explodes and grows.
Each time we sow our tithes and offerings into our church, and the pastor prays over that seed, and asks the LORD to bless that seed, and then sends that seed out in many directions, like missions, youth camps, building new facilities for church growth, etc. etc. Then every time one of those missionaries leads someone to Christ because of money that you sowed into that mission field, it is the same as you being there with them, praying right along with that missionary. So if this is you, and you have been faithful to sow into God's kingdom through your local church and through missions around the world, then rest assured when you get to heaven and think you have not helped with the harvest of God's kingdom, He will say, wait just a minute, look at this, and show you all the lives that have been touched through the missions you helped support, through the youth programs you helped sponsor, through the facilities that housed more and more people coming to hear the word, and you will be amazed at how many souls you have actually brought to the harvest. You see none of this work can be done without your obedience to the Holy Spirit calling you to obey the word of God.
God showed me this verse last night as we were reading our bibles, and this particular verse jumped off the page at me. Now, I know this verse is talking about God providing the seed, but I also saw this message in this verse.
2 Cor. 9 v 10......Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness....
The message God gave me through this, is that your pastor when he brings the word to you each week, a message he receives from God to give to you, it is the same as the LORD feeding you His bread. The bread of life. Your pastor is giving you the seed God gave him to bring to you, Then you in response to that seed that has been planted in your life, respond back to God by sowing a seed into others lives, this would be your giving your tithes and offerings. Then the pastor prays over that seed along with you asking God to multiply and increase the fruits of your righteousness, (your faith, your obedience). Then the pastor takes your seed sows it into others lives, like missions, youth groups, building funds wherever God leads him to sow it. And then the seed explodes and multiplies so many times that you could not contain all the harvest that comes from that one seed.
WOW!!! I don't know about you, but if that doesn't make you want to give more and more into the kingdom, then you must have fell asleep somewhere in the part above where I showed you how many souls are harvested because of your being obedient. AMEN!
This is so exciting, although you should pray and ask God to help you to have the right words at the right times to witness to others, sometimes your actions are enough. So remember if you can't go yourself into the missions fields, or you are not able to be a youth leader at your church, or you do not have the capability of building the buildings to house the people God sends to your church, then know this, you can still play an important role from the background, sow that seed with faith in what the Lord says He will do with your seed and watch as the harvest explodes right under your nose.
Let me show you how the message bible reads in these verses.
2 Cor 9 v 8-11.....God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you are ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmists puts it, He throws caution into the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right living, right giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full formed lives, robust in GOD, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.......
Can you see what God wants to do with your seed? Can you see now how important it is to listen to the message God gives your pastor to bring to you each week? Your pastor is not just speaking to you to hear himself talk. He has a message from God, a message telling you how much He wants to bless you and multiply your gifts. When you go to church this week, pray that the LORD will remove everything else from your sight and your hearing except His presence in the word He has given your pastor to bring to you, and ask Him to open your hearts to be receptive, and your ears to hear what He is speaking to you through your pastor. AMEN!