Investing Now For A Greater Reward to Come
“And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time.
Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Mark 4:12-20
The things we are doing (saying) today is setting us up for a time to come whether for reward and success or penalty and failure, for gain or for loss, for good or for evil. Even what we sow carelessly and without intention can still bring a harvest if the soil into which it falls is good ground. Good ground will cause whatever falls into it to grow and produce fruit. The ground makes no judgment between bad and good seed. Only the sower knows that. And the fruit is determined by the nature of the seed. Good seed in good soil will produce good fruit. Evil seed in good soil will produce evil fruit.
The sower and the seed he sows make all the difference if the soil is good. Now stony, shallow, or thorn-infested ground will hinder and even stop the growth of any seed regardless of the sower’s intent or the nature of the seed.
So, every day we are investing in our futures. What we do today, what we say, even how we think has major implications for the state of our lives in the days to come. This passage of Scripture is not just an indictment against someone who innocently speaks or acts out of ignorance. God has grace enough to cover the one whose heart motive is right, but whose actions are contrary to his heart because of ignorance or restraint from a dominant power. But this is about the willful, deliberate choices we make or the lack of diligence we choose to demonstrate when we speak and act contrary to the truth we know.
When we invest our finances willfully and deliberately in something, we expect and hope that it will increase in value and position us to convert the profit or return on our investments into working capital for whatever purpose we have in mind,
Jesus taught us about investing now for a reward in the future. He made Himself the chief example of the manner in which we gain a good return on our investments. It starts with a seed, a small amount, planted strategically in soil that is proven and reliable.
We, likewise, are encouraged to invest what we have now to reap a greater harvest in the future. We can know the number of seeds in an apple, but we cannot measure the number of apples in a seed, because each apple produced from a single seed will produce countless apples, which also contain seeds that will produce more apples and on it goes.
This kind of life requires another essential element, a gift of the Spirit called patience. We need patience so that we don’t become discouraged when the harvest does not appear immediately. We need patience so that after we have suffered, waited, endured a little while we will receive the promised blessing. We need patience so that we can gain godliness. We need patience so that we may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.
See [Romans 5:3-4; Romans 8:25; Hebrews 6:12; Hebrews 10:36; James 1:4; 2 Peter 1:6]
What is the harvest you want to reap in the days to come? Then start sowing those seeds today.