the one with the seed and the need
What you hold to as a need can be valuable as a seed.
In the last blog entries I talked about how God has moved me to give to Lou and Lloyd despite the state of need I was in. I didn’t realize that what I did with the provision available during those two separate occasions was not to see it as an answer to a need, but as a seed that i must sow.
They say that you can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples that come from a seed. I saw this come to pass as I watched Lou and Lloyd’s life this year. The things that God had asked me to sow in their lives started to bear fruit and become seeds themselves.
Lou. It has been his faith goal to go to missions this year. A faith goal that has become a reality. Early this year, he committed to raise support for a Ten Days mission trip to Hong Kong. It was a journey of faith for him as he believed for provision - and God showed up, faithfully bridging the gap in an amazing way.
Though Lou knew he was going to missions this year, he didn’t know how God intended to use him there. Early in their trip, the Holy Spirit nudged him to give to the church. Though unsure at first, he found himself whole-heartedly giving not just a token, but the most important thing he owned at that time - his Macbook Pro. Now you have to understand that two years back, we prayed and believed God for this computer. It was a dream and a prayer that God answered - a blessing that suddenly turned into an offering. What he held on to as a need, he considered a seed to be sown into the growing church in Hong Kong.
Suffice it to say, it proved difficult to paint Pastor Sam’s face when he received the Macbook Pro from Lou. The church didn’t have a computer and Pastor Sam had to volunteer his mac week after week since the start of his ministry there. What became a seed met another’s need. What was given in obedience became an answer to the prayers of many. From this act of giving, Lou continued on a lifestyle of giving, being generous on all occasions.
Today, Lou is engaged to Sarah. Though they need to prepare financially, both Lou and Sarah made sure they continue their lifestyle of giving. And God has been faithful in providing for their wedding needs month after month as the day approaches.
There’s more to this story - but I will tell of it another time. For now, I will allow God to let things unfold.
Lloyd. Not long after he received his netbook, God opened a door for Lloyd to give. Their househelp’s son just graduated from high school in the province and wanted to see his mom but did not have the resource. Despite not having income, Lloyd chose to be a blessing and sponsored the son’s trip to Manila so he can celebrate his graduation with his mom. At that time, the dwindling savings Lloyd held on to as need, he considered a seed to be sown into the family of his househelp as a statement of God’s grace and provision.
But it didn’t end there. With college, comes some very practical needs. Lloyd, realizing this, volunteered to give up his functioning laptop and gave it as a gift to their househelp’s son. He also took the time to teach the boy how to use and maximize the notebook. He understood that the notebook would be of greater value if it did not remain with him; that investing it would yield a greater harvest.
There were many more acts of giving from Lloyd after this. Like Lou, giving became part of his lifestyle. And God showed himself faithful. Today, Lloyd is on the first month of operation of his newly opened Petron gas station in Pampanga. So far, sales have been increasing and exceeding his initial forecast. I won’t be too surprised if God causes Lloyd’s business to multiply exponentially.
The point of me blogging this is not to say that we ought to just give out laptops (surprisingly the common theme in both stories). What I do want to point out is that the word of God remains true in this:
Now he who supplies the seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10
As we turn our need into a seed, God has a way of not only providing for everything we need, but also increasing our store of seed that we can continually give away and sow into the people around us.