I want to “reap bountifully”. Remember that verse? “He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6.
C.S. Lewis once remarked that “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
Grace received should equal grace lived. Jesus told a powerful story about a man who was released from a crushing debt, and yet could not offer the same release to one who owed him a very little.
In the story, the man was punished for his inconsistency. Those who have been forgiven much, love much (or should do!).
And so the verse leads us into the way that we live. Do we live critically, grudgingly, with eyes squinting in distrust, counting our change and quick to notice every slight or possible offence? Do we stand upon our “rights”?
If so, then we are sowing sparingly, and should expect a poor crop when the tally of our life is drawn up.
No. Let’s enjoy that word “bountifully.” It suggests living open-handedly, giving to others the way that God has given towards us.
One of my favourite poets (E.E.Cummings) said: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
Today, my God, let me “sow bountifully” in all I do.
For Jesus’ sake.