Simplify Your Life: Become a Sower
One of the last keys to managing our money is understanding the operation of the seed principle. God gave us seed so the potential for growth and increase would be available to His children. That means the first thing we must do is correctly identify exactly what seed is.
In Mark chapter 4, Jesus gives us the parable of the sower, and in verses 13–14, He says, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word” (NKJV). Later in verse twenty, Jesus mentions the fruit or the increase that comes from the seed sown. In these passages, God is saying at least two things. First, He says that understanding the concept of sowing and reaping is a key element in understanding all parables. Secondly, He gives us a very clear definition of seed. He says the sower soweth the Word. In other words, the Word of God is the seed. We see also in verse 15 that spiritual ground is the human heart.
When we talk about money in the sense of sowing and reaping, understand that money becomes seed when we use it to sow the Word of God into the human heart. When we do this, God says He will increase the seed sown. When we plant a seed of corn, we don’t get one stalk with one ear and one kernel. We get literally thousands of kernels from the planting of one seed. God increases or multiplies the seed sown. He’ll meet all of your needs and leave you some seed left over to plant into the preaching of the Gospel. That is, of course, if you are a sower.
What Is a Sower?
The word “sower” is an interesting word. If you look it up in your concordance, you’ll find that it means “to scatter liberally.” God does not want us to be conservative in our approach to giving. On the contrary, He wants us to scatter. He wants us to give liberally and without restraint. God is looking for people who are willing to scatter because God can trust these people when it comes time for giving out seed. He will increase and multiply the seed you’ve sown, for God gives seed to the sower (2 Corinthians 9:10).
If you follow the scriptural pattern of budgeting your money as just discussed, God says there will be something left over after your family’s needs have been met. That something is called “seed,” and you need to use it to get the Word deposited into the hearts of people. You do so with a liberal scattering approach to giving and He says He will meet your need according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). Not only will you have seed to sow, but He’ll multiply the seed sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. He says you’ll be able to abound to every good work and experience all sufficiency in all things.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) (2 Corinthians 9:8–10)
This is how God wants us to use our money: work hard at generating an income, give God the first ten percent of our increase (the tithe), and better manage our expenses (taking care of our family, eliminating debt, and sowing seed into God’s kingdom).
As you do these things, you’ll find your financial situation will become more and more stable and your stress level regarding finances will go down. You’ll be on the path to simplifying your finances and, as a result, simplifying your life.
I have one more topic I want to cover in this Simplify Your Life blog series. It’s the third and final resource God has given us to manage: relationships. In a future blog post, I will share with you a key to healthy relationships and a simplified, less complex life.