Luke 6: 38 and the Parable of the Sower

There seem to be the notion that Luke 6: 38 and the Parable of the sower are related somewhat. They are both used in conjunction with Malachi 3: 10 most Sundays when it gets to offering time.

We Pentecostals do seem to have a problem with context in scripture and just simple pick and choose bible verses and applying them to fit our personal convictions. To make us part with our hard earned cash, Luke 6: 38 is quoted to us as a guarantee that the more generous we are in our giving the larger the amount God would bless us with through others.

To further help us imagine how great the returns on our giving would be, the parable of the sower is used to further lean weight to this notion. Giving sowing your money into the fertile ground of your local church would bring about a 100 fold return. And so we give with this expectation in mind.

Zeal is no substitute for knowledge and misapplication of scripture would never yield results. Luke 6: 38 is not at all about giving or “sowing” of money! Jesus was talking about the way we treat others: treat them like you would like to be treated.

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. 37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6 (New Living Translation)

No single translation of the bible equates Luke 6: 38 with the giving of money! Here are some other translations of this same verse

If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated. CEV

Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you.” GW

The parable of the sower does not even feature in this equation as this was used by Jesus to illustrate how the Word of God thrives in different hearts.

Gaining wealth through the principle of sowing and reaping

We all need money and that is the honest truth. We need it to buy food, clothing, pay bills etc. And some people have loads of it while others barely have enough of it.

How can you gain wealth and have loads of money at your disposal? Through the simple law of sowing and reaping, a poorly taught concept in much of today’s church.

One of the many definitions of the word sow is to place seeds in or on the ground for future growth. In other words sowing is something done now which will be of benefit in the future. And in order to sow one would need a seed.

Since much of today’s church are not farmers and do not have physical plant seeds our time, money and talents are regarded as seeds instead.

What happens if you do not sow your seeds? You do not reap a harvest. What happens if you eat your seed? You’ll have nothing to sow with and have nothing to harvest. And rather unfortunately, much of today’s church face this dilemma: they do not sow their seeds and thus have nothing to reap come harvest time.

Like I said earlier, this law of sowing and reaping is so poorly taught in much of today’s church that many Christians end up wasting their seeds instead of sowing it. How then can we sow our seeds and reap a harvest?

We’ve all been led to believe that sowing your seed (talents, time and money) means giving them all towards God’s work. So you dedicate a large portion of your income to your local church and spend all of your time attending daily church programs and hope that God will reward this dedication with a harvest of wealth. Well am so sorry to disappoint you, that ain’t gonna happen!

Sowing, when used in the bible always referred to investments of some sort. The farmers in the bible who went to sow their seeds were investors and put in a lot of time and energy to ensure they reap a bountiful harvest.

They first of all usually had a good understanding of the seasons and knew which seeds did well in different seasons. Then they prepared their land, tilling and nurturing it so that the seeds they plant have a very good chance of growing. And come harvest, would reap the rewards of their labour. They did not give their seeds to the Rabbis, high priests and then go back home to call forth a harvest by proclaiming God’s word. That unfortunately, is what many Christians are guilty of.

We do not attract wealth because unlike the farmers we do not invest. The farmers first took into cognizance the season. How investment savvy are you? Have you researched what investments are likely to do well within a particular period? What about your time? How do you spend it? Do you spend it acquiring more knowledge, gaining more qualifications that could help you climb your career ladder very quickly? What about your talents? Do you try to improve them so that your earning power increases?

That is truly how you sow your seed! If you invest in improving yourself and your talents and invest in sound business ideas, with God’s backing you should reap a good harvest. And in so doing have more than enough for yourself and others.

If you want to give, give but do not be deceived that you are sowing and then hope to reap a harvest of money.

Sowing and giving are two completely different things!