Sowing into the Glory
We all know why we need to pay our tithes, and we know that offerings are good too, but how do we make the most of our offerings? Is it enough just to toss money in to a collection plate because it comes by? Or should we be strategic and place it in a specific offering plate.
It is important that we are not just sowing seed, but sowing into the Glory. Let’s look at what Jesus said about sowing? Matthew 13:3-9 is the parable of the sower. Jesus was speaking of people’s hearts, but let’s listen to his words.
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.”Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. “But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.”Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. “And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”He who has ears, let him hear.”
Jesus tells us we need to put our seeds into Good soil, so that it can bear 30, 60, and even hundredfold return. How do we know the ground that is good for our seed? Lots of people, ministries, and the like look good, but how do we find the right land? Let’s start way back early in the Bible with Genesis.
Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. The LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you. “Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham. “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”
In Genesis 26, God confirms the covenant he made to Abraham with his son Isaac. Just like his father, Isaac was having difficulties with the kings in the Land that God had promised him. This was very similar to his father because he had lied about his wife being his sister. Let’s pick the story up in verse 12.
Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him, and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.
There are a lot of things you could do at this point. See during a famine and a drought its understandable to decide not to plant. But Isaac knew the inheritance that was given to him. He knew that God had plans for him in this land.
For us it’s easy to recognize God has plans for us, but its harder to think those plans start today and we need to act on them. We get a prophetic word and we want to put it on the shelf and think that if its going to happen, then God will do it. This is not what Isaac did. Isaac heard the word of the Lord. He knew he was going to be blessed in this land so he put his faith into action. He plowed the ground, he sowed the seed, and he reaped a major harvest. He had a frame for his faith to make a breakthrough, and when he applied his faith to the word he had. It put out a miracle.
But his faith didn’t stop there, because he went back and re-dug for the inheritance and the blessing of his father. Sure, it was hard because he had to quarrel with the Philistines over the wells, because the philistines had filled the wells in. In our lives, the philistines are three things, Time, Sin, and Satan. You see, there are plans and purposes for us individually, but more than that there are plans and purposes for families. Isaac knew the plans God had for his family, and even though it took work, he was determined to receive that blessing.
God had made a covenant with his father. He had been given the promise, and then the Priest, and King had come and blessed him. In Genesis 14 Melchizadek who was also known as the King of Salem came and they made covenant. Let’s look at that.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all.
They took the bread and the wine, just like Jesus did with His disciples. Remember that Hebrews tells us that Jesus is THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST in the order of Melchizadek. God had made covenant with Abraham, and God’s priest made covenant with him as well. Isaac was walking out the faith to receive that inheritance.
We as Christians have a covenant as well, just like Abraham, we have partaken of the bread and wine from the High Priest in the order of Melchizadek, but do we let that over flow in us? Because of our covenant, we have a blessing and and inheritance. We can sow our finances, our time, our worship and prayer, but we need to be sowing into the Glory. We need to be connected with our high priest so we can take our resources and put them in the right place at the right time to see the blessing come forth.
Ruth Heflin writes about this in her book “Glory” she said they were worshiping in Jerusalem, and God spoke to her and said, “You sow into the heavens and I will sow into the earth.” As they continued to worship they heard reports of supernatural moves of God happening all over Israel. As We sow into the heavens, I believe God will sow into the earth for us as well.