Hand Planting Seed

Generosity's Secret Ingredient

By Rev. Phillip Leo, Church Communications Director

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV)

When it comes to generosity, good intentions outnumber acts of giving by a ratio of three to one! As with anything else, it’s easy to “talk the talk” instead of “walk the walk.”

But unlocking the power of generous giving may be easier than you think. All it takes is a little imagination!

Consider the farmer who, in order to sow seed, has to imagine the harvest. The Apostle Paul cites this simple saying: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV)

In the spring, there is only the cold, wet soil of empty fields. In order to reap a harvest, the farmer has to look past these to see fields bursting with mature crops ready to be picked.

The bigger the imagination, the bigger the harvest!

However, this isn’t without risk. Just as the farmer can’t influence how much rain falls or sun shines, neither can the giver control all the circumstances after a gift is given. The harvest isn’t always a sure thing, but true givers still give generously.

So let your imagination run wild! What dreams do you have for the empty places before you? What ideas for a better world burn inside you? How might God use your giving to accomplish more than what’s humanly possible?

Answer these questions, and you’ll experience how envisioning the harvest is key to unleashing the power of generosity!


Barnabas Foundation is proud to be your partner in promoting financial literacy and generous giving at your church. Find articles, books, studies and more for your church under Tools and Resources. You can also email me at pleo@BarnabasFoundation.com or call 888.448.3040.

Rev. Phillip Leo is the Church Communications Director at Barnabas Foundation. Read Phil's online bio.