See the Front End

The entire kingdom of God, in fact, all of life, operates on the seed principle.  Understand the beginning.

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Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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If I say to you that I have received a great harvest, what are some facts that you can automatically know about how that harvest came into being?  I believe there are six facts you can automatically know.

  1. If I received (reaped), I planted (sowed)
  2. I sowed before I received
  3. I received more than I sowed
  4. I used my faith in sowing, expecting to receive
  5. I watered what I sowed
  6. I protected what I sowed

Now take another look at our Text for Today, in which Paul quotes the words of Jesus; “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Don’t you find it interesting that these words spoken by Jesus are not recorded in any of the four Gospels?  That alone should speak volumes to us, especially that Jesus did indeed say some things that were not recorded in the Gospels, and that is why we have the New Testament recorded from Acts through Revelation so that the will of Father could be fully declared.  Still, let us look more closely at these nine words of Jesus. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.

I know of no one in their right mind who does not enjoy receiving a blessing.  I certainly do.  I likewise enjoy being a blessing, and being able to give to be that reason.  I believe that any reasonable person also understands that if one does not receive a blessing, one cannot be a blessing.  That is simple reasoning.  So why would Jesus say it was more blessed to give than to receive?  Let’s consider the outcome.  The Scriptures teach us that God give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.  While bread is obviously provision, seed is what one sows, not what one eats.  Sadly, many people eat their seed.

There is a reason that when Father gives bread, He has preceded it with seed.  You need the bread to survive for the short-term, but you need seed to survive for the long-term.  How does that work?  Bread feeds you today.  The seed you sow today feeds you tomorrow.  But the seed you sow does more than feed you tomorrow.  In the seed you sow today is also the seed you will need to sow tomorrow to feed you each day that follows.  If I am hungry, the bread I receive today is a blessing.  But the seed I sow today provides bread for tomorrow and the seed that will produce bread for all of my tomorrows.  So, which is greater?  A loaf of bread for today, or loaves of bread that will feed me and many others all my tomorrows and beyond?  The answer is clear.

Manna for Today – Acts 20:17-38; Proverbs 19:17; Malachi 3:10-12; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 6:38