What Does Sowing and Reaping Look Like in God’s Economy?

Financial Seed Is the Most Powerful Type of Seed

As a rule of thumb, the kind of seed planted determines the kind of harvest received. Therefore, that same farmer who prayed over his land for a harvest without planting any seed, would be equally crazy if he planted apple seeds, but expected to harvest corn.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Said another way, the nature of one’s harvest is dependent on the nature of the seed sown. You can’t get watermelons from cantaloupe seeds, or strawberries from blueberry seeds, peace from discord seeds, or kindness from nasty seeds. And you can’t get a promotion from incompetence seed, or a financial harvest from serving seed.

The Peculiar Power of Financial Seed 

In God’s economy also, the kind of seed we sow determines the kind of harvest we reap, with one exception… financial seed. A financial seed does produce a financial harvest, but it can also produce the kind of harvest we need.

In 1 Kings 17, there’s a powerful story of how a financial seed produced a physical, financial, as well as family-saving harvest for a destitute family. It’s the story of the prophet Elijah and a widow woman from Zarephath.  

In the account, drought and famine had long covered the land and God instructed Elijah that it was time to go elsewhere: 

“Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you’” (1 Kings 17:8-9). 

I imagine Elijah was thinking a prosperous, elderly widow woman with a huge house and servants. But when Elijah arrived, the widow woman was gathering sticks for a fire, and was clearly not rich.

“So she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die’” (1 Kings 17:12).

This woman was in real need. She needed a physical harvest (they were about to die from starvation); a financial harvest (they had no money to buy food); and she was in need of a family-saving harvest (her child was suffering). And she needed it immediately.

God could have provided for Elijah back where he was, but the woman needed an opportunity to plant a seed. God sent Elijah to help her put into motion the principle of sowing and reaping, so that He could give her the miracle harvest she needed.

“…He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

God was not trying to take something from her; He was trying to get something to her during a dire economic time. Her seed was the sacrifice of her last flour and oil given to the prophet Elijah. Her harvest became everything she needed as long as the financial crisis remained.

“So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15-16).

That’s the whole point of God’s economy. It supernaturally removes us from the bondage and control of the satanic world economy. That means, sowing seed is actually for our benefit, not for God’s. And given the peculiar power of financial seed, the woman didn’t just have financial harvest – it gave her a miraculous physical harvest, financial harvest and family-saving harvest. 

Remember, God is no respecter of persons! He acts on our behalf like He acted on behalf of those written about in Scripture. When we are faithful and obedient to give our tithes to our local church, and when we sow seed into other Kingdom causes and ministries, God promises to return a harvest to us – pressed down, shaken together and overflowing.

So no matter what the stock market looks like, or the housing market, the rate of inflation, or any other worldly economic indicator, boldly plant seed in the soil of God’s economy and you will prosper according to His word!

Photo credit: ©SparrowStock

Previous ArticleNext Article