The Law of Reciprocity
6 [Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [[a]that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.
8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and [c]earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need [d]be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
9 As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!
10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [[e]which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
11 Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.
12 For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.
This picture was taken in Vermont by my father when he and my mother retired over ten years ago. If you look closely, in the midst of all the produce of this garden is a man. It is hard to see, but the man appears to be older. It amazes me, that an older man can still “bring in a garden” of such huge dimensions! Gardening is hard work! Where I live in Texas many have gardens such as this one and even larger. Those who live in the city have them this size and somewhat smaller. When they harvest their crop, there is always more than enough and they either take it to “Farmer’s Market” where people can go and buy the excess, or they simply give it away to whomever would like it. The latter is what usually takes place!
This is what our verse is talking about today. There is a law that is set in motion when you are a giver! It is the “Law of Reciprocity” which comes from the word “reciprocate”. To reciprocate is to simply “give back.” The amount you give is what you receive, and when you give with a willing heart, God multiplies what you gave and brings back to you an even larger amount. I learned about the “Law of Reciprocity” years ago from a pastor we had at the time. He began to remind us of other scriptures such as to have friends you must show yourself friendly, if you want to be shown mercy when you have been wrong, you must show mercy to others when they have wronged you, etc.. I had never heard of this, but my pastor had a hard and fast rule and I have found it has been right throughout the years. If you want to know if something is solid and sound doctrine you must be able to find it in at least three places in the Bible! This proved to me, though I had never heard of this spiritual law, it was one and it would work for me! It had to, it was a LAW! Let me give you an example. For a plane to fly, the law of ” lift and thrust” must be enforced. When it is enforced by pilots, we all know, we fly! The law of gravity is another example. You get on top of your house (please, don’t really do this!) and jump and you are going down! It doesn’t just happen to you! It happens to all who apply it! That is why the Bible says, “Whosoever will….” You are a “whosoever” so it works for you just like it does for everyone else. You put into effect the spiritual laws and they will work for you, just as physics laws that are put into effect are going to work for you! No matter who we are, what our childhoods may have been, what we have been through, what socio-economic background we may have come from, if a law is enforced it works for us just like everyone else!
I am a giver! I LOVE to give! I would give my house away if my husband didn’t stop me! My husband is a generous giver as well, he just isn’t extreme and he keeps me balanced! As I thought of this, I thought of all the blessings God has so generously poured out on us through the years! I have not always been such a joyful giver. I literally had to DEVELOP being a JOYFUL giver! When I learned about the “Law of Reciprocity” I began to start in small things and worked up to larger and larger because a harvest began to come in to where I could. I started tipping very generously at restaurants. I began to sow time into people who had needs, so when I had a need people were there for me. I showed myself friendly and sowed love into them so that in turn I would have friends and not be lonely. I sowed mercy because I KNEW I would also need mercy! We began to support missionaries and upped our giving to our church so the gospel could be supported and go forth in greater measure! Now this not only comes naturally to me, but it is something that thrills me to be able to do!
Sow generously, my dear reader and watch your harvest come in generously! Sow what you need to reap! Great joy will come just from the sowing because it is truly so much better to GIVE than to RECEIVE! Blessings to you today and all day, my dear reader! See you next time!