So what do you think about this sowing and reaping? Is it an unfailing law and promise of God? Does it apply to all things?
God’s Word does say we will reap what we sow in Galatians 6:7. Jesus seemed to say we would get thirty, sixty or a hundred times back on what we sow in Mark 4:8…except the seed Jesus was talking about was the Word, not necessarily good deeds or charitable gifts.
These two passages (and a few others) are the basis of what some people call “Seed Faith” in a positive way and others call “Prosperity Gospel” in a negative way.
This is something that I once followed, in much the same way that Laura did in this comic strip, including doing the arithmetic on my expected return. (I know, I know. It is embarrassing to admit it, but then a lot of these comic strips are about where I’ve been. You may be able to relate. That’s good. You may also be able to avoid. That’s even better!)
But in my experience, it just doesn’t work like this, even when prefaced with “this is the Word of God”and “God is not a man that He should lie.” Although both passages use some of the same words like “sowing,” they are about two different things.
There was a woman that Jesus singled out as one who we might call “The Greatest Giver.” Notice how we never read anything further about her or find out about any type of earthly reward for her.
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44 (NRSV)
I do truly believe that God is gracious towards us. He has given me more in life than I had ever imagined, but it has always been on His timing and from His bounty according to what was best spiritually for me.
For me personally, I find that I feel most right inside when I’m giving without expecting anything in return and in ways that will help others, not myself. Maybe you as well?
(So there’s now a new character in this comic strip! Sort of unexpected to me, but it just seems to work out better this way! Wow! Another comic strip where Rob doesn’t say a word! In fact in one panel all you can see is an eye and some of his nose! Next time, it will be his turn to speak! I promise!)