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“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Mark 4:20 (NIV)

For a few years, I wasted time, money, and effort trying to grow vegetables in my backyard where instead of soil I had clay. It did not matter that I planted good seeds, made sure they had the right amount of sun, and faithfully watered those seeds. The bad quality of the soil never allowed the seeds to bear fruit. To have a good harvest you need a combination of good seeds and good soil.

That is also true when you plant your financial seeds. Everything you give to, invest in, or share with someone is a seed. If you sow that seed in people or places that are bad soil, those seeds will never produce a harvest for you. Since I am sure, we all want to be good stewards of what God gives us, it is important to sow them on good ground. I never give money to the homeless people who beg on the street corners of the United States. Many of them use the money they get, to buy drugs or alcohol. Instead, I keep in my car small bags with toiletries and snacks to give them when I see them.

I love to bless people and I try to do it wherever I go, but I am careful where I plant my seeds. It is important to know the type of soil a person you intend to bless is. Some people are such good grounds that no matter what you sow in them, their lives produce a great harvest. I know someone who whenever he could, would bless one of my brothers. He used to say that when he would sow in my brother’s life, he would get a double harvest almost immediately after he sowed a seed in his life.

Some people and/or places, due to their lifestyle or the way they administer their resources, are not good grounds. Everything you sow in them dies. When I do not know what type of soil a person or a place I might want to bless is, I see the types of fruit they produce. In lives in which I see generosity, gratitude, and the fruit of the Spirit, I happily sow my seeds. Also, the Bible tells us that people, churches, or organizations that bless the poor, the fatherless (children), or widows (elderly) are always great grounds.

We do not give just to get blessed, but since it does not make sense to sow seeds and not expect to harvest them, make sure you sow your good seeds in the best type of ground.


Sow seed in good ground today.

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