One of the most perceptible ways that we show what we want or believe is where we spend our money. Casinos and bookies make a living off of this concept because most people want more money…quickly. We hear phrases like “Put your money where your mouth is” or “Put up or shut up”. This has challenged me to do something I’ve never done before.
I’ve been thinking a good deal on the principle of sowing and reaping. I feel like some people try to manipulate the system just to get what they want. I can’t be sure of this but while I’m 100% confident the principle works, I believe God delays the reaping part if it is sown in the wrong spirit (they are His rules, He can do whatever He wants right?). How long will you continue to sow when you aren’t receiving an immediate return? But I digress from my real point…
I have some crazy dreams in my heart. The kind of dreams that are completely unreasonable and out of my ability to attain in my own power. I’ve been planting some small seeds in that direction but it is the equivalent of saying that I want to make a Hollywood blockbuster film and investing in The Flip. Sure, you could say that’s a step in the right direction but I have a long way to go.
At the beginning of the year, God put it on my heart to put my money where my heart is. I’m not talking about tithing or anything like that (I’m going to assume you are tithing and not robbing God like a sweaty heathen…I kid, I kid.). I’m talking about sowing into dreams.
I believe something happens when you intentionally sow into something or someone. Not only are you a blessing and encouragement to others, but you bless and encourage yourself. It is a glorious transaction. Something is set in motion in the unseen realm, things are shifted and you receive favor.
I believe a lot of times we are challenged with our finances because that is where we get our sense of security. We have this orphan spirit in relation to the Lord and finances. We’re like the abandoned child that can’t trust that his father will provide so he hoards his resources. At least, that’s how it’s been in my life.
In an attempt to break that spirit and as an act of faith that I not only believe God can do it in my life but in the lives of others, I have committed to two things:
- Sow Finances: Every month I will pray for God to put someone on my heart to bless financially. This will be someone whom I know personally and I know specific dreams in their heart. It doesn’t have to be anything spiritual. It could just be a dream to own their own business. I have already set aside a pre-determined amount that I will give them. Along with the money, I will personally encourage them to move forward with the dreams in their heart.
- Sow Prayer: I will commit the month to praying for them. I will ask that God begins to give them strategy from heaven to execute their dreams. I will pray for motivation and discipline to follow through. It’s not enough to dream and then put it in God’s hands while you sit patiently on the couch. I will pray that they will partner with God to see this dream through to fulfillment.
It’s a small seed but I’m believing God will do something significant. This scripture comes to mind as I move forward:
“Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you. Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They’ll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!” Zechariah 4:9-10
I already know that it won’t be easy. As soon as I decided to do this a few weeks ago, I got hit with a $600 bill for my car. This is right after I had just sent in a check for $2,000 for my trip to Brazil next week. Talk about stretching my faith!
But I have resolved to do this (I finally worked in my Word of the Year!). Now, I’m not being reckless and giving out of an empty piggy bank. That’s not faith, that’s silly. You have to get your house in order first. I have the money, it just isn’t what I was planning to use it for.
I’m okay with sacrificing some Starbucks trips, scaling back my “eating out” budget and any other little cut backs I can find. It is worth it to me. I believe that this small act of faith will bless others and encourage me in the process. I’m not sowing money and prayers because I’m expecting it back from those people, I’m doing it to build my faith. For me, it’s time to “Put up or shut up.”
Do you have any dreams in your heart? Are you on the couch or are you “putting up”?