“Now he who supplies seed to the sewer and bread for food
will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest
of your righteousness.” (2 Cor. 9:10)
A sister had a dream. In the dream she was in a
beautiful town. There was a newly opened store. As she went into the store
she noticed that the storeowner standing behind the counter was Jesus. She
asked him: “What do you sell in this store?” He replied: “Anything your
heart desires.” The sister thought a while and said: “I want peace, joy,
love and wisdom.” She added: “Can I have them right away?” Jesus answered:
“Sister, you made a mistake. We do not sell fruit, but only seeds.”
Some people think they will have joy and peace right
after they believe in Christ. Their life will be full of God’s grace. This
is only half true. Yes, we will have joy, peace and blessing from God after
receiving Christ. But God’s grace is not just for us to enjoy. It is to
help us to cultivate our hearts. When we feel peace and joy, they are not
the fruit but “Sample” only. God just wants us to foretaste the beauty of
fruits in order to encourage us to cultivate and to bear fruits. What God
gives to us is merely seeds. Only by continuing to depend on His grace, can
we have a full harvest.
Paul said: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what be sows” (Gal. 6:7) If you despise someone, he may despise
you too. How can I love somebody I don’t like? Through my prayer Jesus
already put the seed of love in my heart. All I need to do is to depend on
God’s grace to approach him, understand him, to accept him or even to ask his
forgiveness, to make peace with him. If we want to cultivate our love, the
Holy Spirit will give us strength to do what God wants us to do. Thus, God
not only gives seeds but He also enables us to cultivate our hearts.
Most of our agony comes from counting on how much we
receive. But the secret of happiness is counting on how much we give.
Generosity is a cultivated virtue. The more we give, the more God will bless
us. True happiness is not to enjoy alone, but to share with others. If we
do not cultivate our hearts, sooner or later, we will be crushed by our sins.