Gathering and Releasing

Proverbs 11:24-26 “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.  The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.”  
 
Life is a process of inhaling and exhaling air, of the heart receiving and releasing blood, of sowing and reaping, and of gathering and releasing. Life begins with God as the Source.  In order to give life, we must first receive life.  We must be willing to receive ministry in order to give ministry. Gathering and releasing is the essence of life. 

For many of us, our Christian life has been a continual season of gathering. We have become hoarders. Our lives are crowded with “stuff” that we cannot possible use in several lifetimes. When we run out of room to keep it, we build more storehouses. We have also become spiritual storehouses of resources, information, and revelation. Many of us have been taught more in one year than others would hope to receive in a lifetime. And somehow, we keep gathering and storing!

Many of us sit on a wealth of “seed” that needs to be scattered in order to bring blessing and increase in the kingdom of God. It is time to transition from being storehouses to being distribution centers. It is time to release or “scatter” the seed that God has put in our hands. 

God has lavished on us His precious treasures.  Now it is time to pour out. The paradox is that the more we give, the more we will increase! That is why Jesus said it is “more blessed to give than to receive”. (Ac 20:35) As we scatter our seed, God will multiply it so that we gather more.  Sowing and reaping are spiritual principles of life. We cannot bring life to the seed, but we can scatter the seed and allow God to bring life. We are not the source of life, but He has given us seed to sow. As we sow what God has given to us, God will give it life and multiply it to our account. As we receive seed from the Father and then scatter it into the lives of those around us, we receive back a fruitful life, a life that has been increased and multiplied. 

Jesus said in John 12:24-25: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”  Jesus came to give His life away on the Cross. In giving His life, He received back a harvest of souls to the glory of God. Jesus increased the fruitfulness of His life by giving it away.  He became the Seed that is still producing a mighty harvest of souls! 

If we try to hold on to what we have, we will lose it.  But if we scatter the seed that God has given us, then we will increase more.  If we continue to gather and not release, we are destined to become like the Dead Sea that has no life.  Why is the Dead Sea dead?  It is dead because it has an inlet but no outlet.  One of the reasons we do not see fruit in our lives is because we have trained ourselves in receiving but not in giving. We must change. Let’s begin to scatter what we have been given. Let’s not be a reservoir.  Let’s be a RIVER! 

One of the greatest ways to release God’s blessing upon our lives is to give. It is hard be depressed when we are focused on giving rather than on what we receive. The principle of God is this:  we will reap what we sow—not what we hold. A farmer’s harvest produces both food to eat and seed for a future harvest.  Grain that is stored very long only ruins or is destroyed by pests.  The only way to keep the benefit of the grain is to use what we have been given. God has given each of us talents, gifts, abilities, knowledge, experience, money, wealth, and resources.  What a waste to see them sit in the storehouse and never be released to benefit others including God. Ask God to show you ways to release what you have in a way that blesses His kingdom and the people around you.  We have one life to live and one life to give.  Let’s take every opportunity to scatter the seed God has placed in our hand.  Only what we sow can grow. Don’t leave this life sitting on your bag of seed!
 
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, thank you for the resources you have placed in my life. Help me to increase the fruitfulness of my life by giving it away.  Help me to be a blessing to those around me. I believe as I scatter the seed you have placed in my life, You will cause me to increase for greater ability to give again.  Help me not to be a reservoir.  Let Your river of life flow through me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”