In the last film, Re told Frank that generous living was more than writing checks. This time we see a type of generosity that goes beyond simply throwing money at a problem. The construction company is not only been hired to fix up the soup kitchen, but is hiring workers from those that eat there.
This is what happens when we make the transition from viewing the poor as a group to viewing them as individuals. This act of generosity didn’t just fix the roof, it employed individuals.
Of course no discussion of “sowing seed” would be complete without Galatians 6:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Simple Kingdom economics. What you sow you will reap. Re, being a gardener and spending his day quite literally sowing seed understands this well. While giving our “good sheep” to God reflects our love for him, “sowing seed” reflects our understanding that we bring glory to Him when we are fruitful for His Kingdom. We sow by serving others, and being led by the Lord to invest our time, gifts and resources as He sees fit. Just as Jesus is the sower and the seed is the good seed of the Kingdom, as Christ followers, we sow our time, gifts and resources as well as sowing the gospel, scattering the seed, watering and harvesting in the hearts of our neighbors.
By the end of the film we see that Frank has grasped this! Frank’s journey has taken him not only from selfish to generous – but also from prideful to humble.
Matthew 6:3 – But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing
Jesus made it clear: our giving is not to be a source of attention. Frank wouldn’t even fess up to the prying Re that he had set these wheels in motion. In fact we don’t know with certainty just how much of Frank’s own money went to the project!
Generous Living is godly living. And godly living is humble living.
Throughout the film, Frank is trying to get ahold of Allan, his financial planner. Of course we assume that is because of the problems in the stock market. But what a great comparison! What if we were, as Frank was, so urgent with our giving? What if seeing a need caused us to jump into action the same way that a dip in the market would?
Sound silly? Look back at Galatians 6:
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Are you interested in being urgent with things that are destroyed or thing that are eternal? It is a simple question but an incredibly important one. We spend so much of our time and money on things that are temporary.
Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 9:25-26 “Everyone who competes in the games … do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way; as not beating the air”
Paul was calling the church in Corinth, and our church today, to turn our gaze to eternal things. Frank and Re also have something to say about that: prayerful, risk-taking stewardship will result in a beautiful harvest that will be revealed when Christ returns
In his Bible commentary, Matthew Henry states: “Our present time is seed time”. Simply put – now is the time to sow seed.
Frank’s journey isn’t over. In fact we could say it has just begun. So it is with us. We have learned some keys to our journey of generous living. But we must apply them and walk together on this journey.
Our takeaway this week: Ask yourself, with the Holy Spirit’s help: Have we been putting off something that God wants from us? Now is the time. Its seedtime.
It is often said that 2 questions will be asked of us in Heaven:
1. What did you do with Jesus?
The “good sheep” that we offer Him reflect our gratitude and our understanding of what He did for us.
2. What did you do with what He gave you?
It is now seedtime! The harvest is coming but we will not have a harvest unless we sow. John 15:8 says “My Father is glorified in this; that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” As we discussed, in Galatians 6 we read “God is not mocked…what we sow we shall also reap.” Our sowing, or lack of which will either bring glory to God or mock Him.
May we go out and live lives of generosity. With the newfound humility of Frank and the joyful exuberance of Re!