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. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 1 Corinthians 9:10-11
Fall is my favorite time of year with its colorful palette, cooler temperatures, college football and harvest festivals. All are good gifts to enjoy, but it occurs to me that a bountiful harvest is the greater blessing. I depend on food and I am thankful for farmers who work hard in every season of the year to secure a good harvest. Fields get plowed and seeds get planted. So much has to be done before the crop ripens. It’s a lot like how our own faith takes shape. A healthy spiritual life has some similarities to this theme of harvest and it all starts with a blessing.
In Paul’s letter to the early church at Corinth he uses agricultural references, but he isn’t giving advice on farming. There is in this scripture a seed for the soul. Paul teaches us that God supplies everything we need to grow in righteousness. He continually blesses us. As we grow in faith, we become aware that the blessings we receive aren’t just for us. They are meant to be shared. Paul writes, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
In God’s kingdom, people are the soil and his word is the seed. When God showers favor on his children, it nourishes our faith and reveals his goodness. His unfailing love is designed to take root in our lives and transform us into a fruitful harvest. This kind of farming feeds a world starving for good news. Followers of Christ have a mission to complete. We are the recipients of the greatest blessing in the universe; the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
May the purpose of that blessing be fulfilled in you and me.