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SOWING & REAPING

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Mark 4:26-27 “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how”

Today I had an encounter with someone that happens only ever rarely, in that an acquaintance,  not even really a friend, came and just opened up to me about his progressing journey into faith. I was stunned by this blessed occasion because I had not ‘sown’ into the person at all. I had not had the chance to develop a friendship or even share my faith with him, and yet here he was on the verge of salvation confiding in me. I felt like I was reaping what I had not sown. This however is something we must all get used to!

What we can see from the above verse is that the process between sowing and the reaping is shrouded in mystery. We know that we sow and we know that reap, but everything in-between those two points is hidden from knowledge. You see I had been sowing recently, but not into this individual. I have been praying for and sowing into other friends of mine for months. But where I sowed into their lives, I reaped in another persons life.

You see, the process between our sowing and our reaping is not to our knowledge & understanding. We think, hope and pray that we would reap the results of our sowing in someone’s life, but that does not always happen. I will go as far as to say it rarely happens.

This does not just apply to witnessing to people, it applies to all areas of life. We may be sowing financially into the Kingdom, however the blessing of prosperity and security often comes from unexpected sources. I find that God rarely moves the way I expect him to…actually…he never moves the way I expect him to! I remember a time when I used to try to out-think God, and what I learnt is that if I imagined it, it wouldn’t happen. If I imagined God answering my prayers in a certain way, I could conclusively rule out God answering it that way. At that point I just stopped thinking to stop eliminating the options.

Luke 19:21 “I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow”

This scripture comes from the Parable of the Talents, where the master is seen as a ‘hard man’ because he reaps what he does not sow. Whilst I am certainly not condoning theft, or stealing someones glory, there is the thought here that we all need to toughen up a little bit. I think we can get very sad and disheartened when we haven’t seen the results in people that we wanted. We think that we were not bold enough, or did not try hard enough, where the most probable truth is that God positioned you as a sower, not a reaper.

We need to see witnessing more like a business, not in the sense of being without love, but understanding that people will pass in and out of our lives and being okay with that. Some people we encounter will be on the verge of salvation, other’s will be running in the other direction!

Just keep Sowing and Reaping in every area of life!

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