11th Sunday after Pentecost, August 8th
Read | 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he describes the incredible importance of sowing generously. The more you sow, the more you will see come out of the fruit of your labor. This can be applied not only to good deeds that we do for the Lord but also towards our daily habits that usher in God’s kingdom on earth. If we are generous with the healthy habits we form, we are sowing an abundance of healthiness into our lives that will develop into healthy fruits as a result. The decisions you make today will give you the results you will experience tomorrow. The risks you take, the habits you form, the actions you produce, the mindfulness of time that you create—it all contributes to the outcome that you experience later in life.
Church know this... We are to plant and work the field, but we are also to pray and work the heavens. One of the biggest ways we seed the clouds is through prayer. Prayer is a way to write history before it happens; “it is the difference between letting things happen, and making things happen” (182). The same can be said about faith and hope. As Christians, it is our responsibility to plant the seed of faith, and through hope and prayer, we water that seed so that it can grow into what we envision for the future.
The seeds you plant today, will produce the crop you receive tomorrow. If you plant pumpkin seeds, you will get pumpkins. If you plant carrot seeds, you will get carrots. If you plant nothing—you will receive weeds (183). In the same way, the prayers and actions you sow today produce the answers and results you will experience tomorrow.
Seeding the clouds is being intentional with what you invest. Think long-term, and think eternity. What you do in this life matters, not just for today or tomorrow, but it matters for eternity. Some things you invest your time and energy into will not go far. But when you invest in heavenly things, things for God, these are seeds that will reap a harvest for years, decades, and generations to come. You may not always see the harvest yourself, but that does not mean it is not a good seed to plant. Seeding the clouds means planting what someone else may harvest and benefit from (189).