Last year, I had the opportunity to go to India but the cost for me was prohibitive. However, I knew I was suppose to go. While I was considering how I would pay for it, I got an unexpected $150. I knew that was not designed for me to hold onto. It was seed to sow. So I donated it towards some friends who were going on a missions trip to Mexico.
Now that may not have made sense. Logically, I should have held onto that money and wait for more. But God will sometimes give us bread to eat and sometimes He gives us seed to sow and we need to distinguish between the two.
God is generous and He has called us to be generous as He is. He has called us to generously provide for the needs of our ministers, the needs of the poor, the expense needed to spread the gospel around the world.
Last year, as I travelled to India, every need was met abundantly and above all I could ask think or imagine.
If you have a desire to give but your bank account is not matching your heart, ask God for seed to sow. And when it comes, give generously. For God will give back to you – good measure, press down, and shaken together. Be generous as He is generous!
“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-12 NLT