Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:6 (NASB)
This Scripture also relates to the principle of Christian finances. Christians give money but they do not throw it away. It is not he who throws away that shall receive more; nor is it that he who throws away less shall receive less. What God says is that he who sows bountifully shall reap bountifully and also he who sows sparingly shall reap sparingly. Do you expect your money to grow? If you do, go and sow it. If you sow, the money will grow. Otherwise it will remain the same.
Brothers and sisters, can we be so foolish as to reap where we have not sown? Many prayers for supply are unanswered because we are hard men, reaping where we did not sow and gathering where we did not scatter. Why not take out a little money and sow it? Why not sow your money to many brothers and sisters who are in distress. Then you may reap afterward. He who holds his money tightly in his hand will not gain anything. Do you see the beautiful picture here? Paul says sending money out to help the poor—as the Corinthian believers sent forth to supply the needs of the saints in Jerusalem—is not throwing away but, rather, is sowing. Remember, money is like a seed which can be sown. If you
meet brothers and sisters in distress and supply their needs, God will make that money grow until you reap thirty, sixty, a hundred fold.
New brothers and sisters should learn to sow. Then when they are in need, they will reap what they have sown. You cannot reap what you did not sow. Many eat up all they have; naturally they have nothing left. Suppose you have a hundred pounds of grain and you sow half of it. The next year, then, you will have a harvest. And so on, year after year. Do not eat up all you have; leave some for sowing. Many Christians do nothing but eat; no wonder in the day of need, there is neither increase nor harvest. Let God send your money out to sow.