Seeds are Meant to be Planted: The Discipline of Christian Offerings
In the previous post, the concept of the Seed was introduced. Here, we will continue with the patterns evident in farming, knowing that this practical system has spiritual parallelism.
A seed is anything that is “planted” on the “ground.”
"This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens - and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground..." (Genesis 2:4-5 NIV)
One of Adam’s job descriptions was to work the ground. One of the many ways he worked the ground was by planting.
"Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed… The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:8,15 NIV)
The Seed must be planted.
There are some snacks which are actually seeds, and we enjoy eating them. These kinds of seeds amount to nothing except for that purpose – eating, quick and easy gratification. But if seeds are to be more than just that, then it must be planted. Planting is the act of putting the seed on the ground.
Now that a certain Seed has been identified, be it some amount of cash, valuable object, or some service to be rendered, then this Seed must make its way to the ground. It must be given. That cash set aside must be dropped in the offering. That treasured object must be given. That promised service must be rendered.
The Seed loses its value when it is not planted on the ground. The Seed in itself is useless, other than being eaten. It does not reproduce on its own. It must be offered. And once it is given in the Hands of God, then there’s an expectation for a coming Harvest.
The discipline is this: We need to know when to eat our seed, or to plant it.
"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness." (2 Corinthians 9:10 NIV)
God knows exactly how much He gives to us. He is More Than Enough, and He gives us so much more. But even then, we still need to recognize the Seeds He has given us whether it be for food or for sowing.
The reason we plant our seed in the first place is because we wanted and needed more. And the only way to reap more is to sow more. The more Seeds are planted, the bigger the Harvest in return.