Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”
God’s covenant with creation includes the law of seedtime and harvest. God operates in the earth according to the principle of seedtime and harvest. This is how things work in the earth; this is how things get done. The principle of seedtime and harvest is how results are produced in the earth.
The law of seedtime and harvest is also found in the New Testament; in the part of the Bible that contains our covenant with God:
Galatians 6:7 (NKJV)
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Philippians 4:15 (NKJV)
Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
In Galatians, Paul refers to seedtime and harvest as sowing and reaping. In Philippians, he refers to it as giving and receiving. Therefore, God’s covenant with creation (seedtime and harvest) can also be referred to as sowing and reaping or giving and receiving.
The world’s economy operates through buying and selling; God’s economy operates through sowing and reaping; giving and receiving; seedtime and harvest.
Our responsibility is to learn how to cooperate with God’s covenant with creation; how to cooperate with God’s laws of sowing and reaping, giving and receiving, and seedtime and harvest. We cooperate by adopting a Kingdom mindset, and we enjoy the benefits by maintaining a Kingdom attitude. Adopting the following 3 Kingdom mindsets and maintaining the following 7 Kingdom attitudes will enable and empower you to live above economic challenges.
There are 3 Kingdom mindsets you must adopt if you want to live above economic challenges.
First, the Lordship of Jesus: Is Jesus really Lord of my time, my talent, and my treasure? In other words, am I using my time, talent, and treasure for Kingdom purposes? Am I investing a portion of my time, talent, and treasure into the Kingdom of God?
Second, the love of God: Have I received the love of God personally and am I living it? Am I giving to God’s Kingdom because I love God’s people? Have I received the love of God personally and am I practicing it? Am I walking in love and do I really have a forgiving heart?
Third, the Holy Spirit: God is in the earth today in the person of the Holy Spirit, and He lives within every believer – God lives in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. If you’ll let Him, the Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you concerning the use of your time, talent, and treasure.
Next, there are 7 Kingdom attitudes you must maintain if you want to live above economic challenges, and they come from 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.
2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
I am willing to give generously to God’s Kingdom.
Being a generous giver includes the willingness to review your finances in order to re-appropriate additional monies into the Kingdom of God so that more people would be blessed.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
What I have in my heart, not in my bank account, matters more to God and will endure for eternity.
The most important thing to Jesus is the attitude of a person’s heart. The condition of your heart matters more to God than how much you sow, how much you reap, how much you give, or how much you receive.
According to 2 Corinthians 9:7 you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. Notice Paul doesn’t name a particular amount. There’s no hint of pressure or bondage to a percentage. New covenant giving goes like this: We give because we love, and we love because we are new creations filled with the divine nature.
You shouldn’t give grudgingly (NKJV) or reluctantly (NIV). God knows that someone who gives reluctantly is still thinking like a fearful owner, not a generous steward. When it comes to money and giving, fear and selfishness go hand in hand: “If I give too much, I’m afraid I won’t have enough for myself.” God wants us to be motivated to give from a stewardship mindset – He is the owner and we are the managers.
You should not give out of necessity (NKJV) or under compulsion (NIV). This refers to being pressured to give, giving because you feel forced to give, giving in response to pressure.
Finally, God wants us to give out of a cheerful heart. The crowning moment when it comes to your giving is the moment you begin to experience the joy of giving. God designed us to find joy in giving, not having. We are givers, not takers, because the Giver lives in us and now He wants to live through us. True Kingdom citizens are cheerful generous givers!
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
I am willing to receive God’s abundant harvest.
God’s response to seed sown is called the harvest. This verse is God’s guarantee that you will receive His provision when you give cheerfully and generously. God’s abundant provision is the outcome of giving from a cheerful and generous heart.
2 Corinthians 9:9 (NKJV)
As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”
I am willing to give to the poor through the administration of my local church.
God expected the church to take care of the poor, not the government. If this is true, then the church also has a responsibility to teach the poor about God’s covenant with creation – seedtime and harvest, sowing and reaping, giving and receiving.
2 Corinthians 9:10 (NKJV)
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
I expect God to supply and multiply the seed that I have sown.
Question: Who does God give seed to? Answer: The sower – the person who will give. Next question: What does God do with the seed you sow? Answer: He multiplies it. God always multiplies what is given to Him. God not only supplies you with seed to sow, but He multiplies the seed you sow so you can give more and more, again and again.
Multiplication and increase are basic principles in the Kingdom of God. The reason you cannot out-give God is because He will always bless you with more than you gave. Every time you give, expect God to multiply your seed. Why? So you can give more and more, again, again. God is love and the greatest expression of love is giving; therefore, God always gives more than He gets. Our responsibility is found in Attitude #6:
I expect an abundant harvest.
Your responsibility is to expect an abundant harvest. Faith expects God to multiply your seed and return to you an abundant harvest. Faith is expecting a harvest from your giving. Your expectation of a harvest pleases God because without faith it is impossible to please God. (See Hebrews 11:6)
2 Corinthians 9:11 (NKJV)
While you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Notice what God promises to do for the cheerful generous giver: “While you are enriched in everything for all liberality…” That means that God is going to keep you abundantly supplied so that you can continue to be a generous giver.
The last phrase in verse 11 shows us the ultimate purpose and motivation for our giving. Our giving causes thanksgiving (through us) to God. The ultimate purpose and motivation for our giving is so that God will be glorified.
I am willing to give generously because I am grateful for what God did for me through Jesus Christ.
The degree to which a believer is truly grateful for what Christ did for them is revealed in the amount of their time, talent, and treasure they sow into the Kingdom of God. Giving is meant to be an expression of your love and commitment toward advancing the Kingdom of God.
Adopting Kingdom mindsets and maintaining Kingdom attitudes are how believers can live above economic challenges. As a Kingdom citizen, you can live above economic challenges!