There is a truth in this spiritual law that goes unmentioned. I believe it to be what God intended for us to understand from this law. The majority of people make sense of the simple truth of something coming back to us as a result of an action of our own. It is most often brought to attention concerning money. I want to offer what I believe to be Insight to Incite™. I pray that this article will provoke you to think.
First, I want to say that I believe the law of sowing and reaping to be indisputable. Every Christian denomination I know of embraces this truth in one way or another. This law is reflected in nature and by it humanity sustains itself. Unbelievers understand sowing and reaping and every farmer counts on it working.
I travel to and minister in a lot in poor areas of the world. The attitude is usually the same every where I go — “We are poor, so you are to give to us.” Whether they are poor or not, this attitude can completely cripple a church in many ways. I would call this a poverty mentality.
The poverty mentality usually goes unrecognized by those taken by it. They are in fact poor and that fact convinces them that they should be given to and that they are exempt from giving. I have seen entire churches stuck in this mentality. There is very little that can be done for a group of people in this state of mind — unless they are willing to change their thinking. Usually, the pastor has reinforced this mentality as he is poor himself.
Yes, we are to help the poor. Jesus gave to the poor regularly. Apparently it was common for Jesus to instruct Judas to give to the poor.
Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Everyone is aware of the economic problems we all face. The bad economy has affected every pastor and church that I know of to some degree. I see another problem. A problem that is far worse than a bad economy because it hinders the saints from receiving God’s help in these times.
Decades of inaccurate teaching on Biblical finances has grown into strongholds that are unrecognizable. There is a blindness to the fact that many things are not working and need to be reconsidered. A financial fatigue has set into the church. It seems that many people just do not want to hear anything more about Biblical finances. There is thinking that everything about the subject has been taught already. People are somewhat “numb” from the fatigue of things not working. I propose that we do not have it right in the area of finances.
We have all faced this kind of thing before. We’re on our way somewhere important and run into some kind of detour that delays us. It’s frustrating because there is nothing you can do about it except stay in the process until you get there, a real exercise in patience.
Some years before brother Kenneth E. Hagin died, I recall him expressing concern that the Body of Christ could delay the plan of God by not accepting what God wanted to do in the Body. At the time, that comment surprised me because I always figured that God was in control no matter what. Not so.
I believe the American church is in a rather large detour that is delaying what God wants to get done. A detour will still get you to the destination, but it is not the right road and takes much longer.
When I went on a tour to Israel, the people on the bus took pictures of the houses because they were made of concrete and stone rather than wood. When an Israeli Arab tour guide came to the United States to visit for the first time, he took pictures of the houses because they were made of wood rather than concrete and stone. It’s funny that each thought the other was unusual.
No matter what you build with, that material is what you have to maintain with. A concrete and stone house can only be repaired effectively with more concrete and stone. So, whatever you begin building with is what you must continue with. Unless of course, you tear down and start over.
One part of my calling is to minister on Biblical Finances. While it is only a part of my calling, I do have an anointing to minister on this subject and have done so all over the world. Pastors everywhere approach the subject of the financial base within the church differently. One thing is for sure; once they begin building it, changing it is extremely hard. Better get it right from the beginning.