Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Engaging a changing world with
an enduring faith in Jesus Christ

"Planting Seeds" and Scripture

Planting Seeds” and Scripture

The Bible includes numerous references to sowing and reaping and many of Jesus’ parables involved stories that made sense to an agrarian society. Today, those verses and stories are easily applied to our actions through the understanding that every time we choose an action, we also choose the consequences of that action. 

So it is with our understanding of stewardship and with our relationship with money. The general rule is, the more seeds planted, the more fruit harvested. The Bible applies this law to our giving. Those who show generosity will be blessed more than those who don’t. This principle is not concerned with the amount of the gift but with the spirit in which it is given.

 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.   Galatians 6:9

 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.  1 Corinthians 3:6-9
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.   2 Corinthians 9:10
A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.   Proverbs 11:18
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.   Proverbs 14:14
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.   Luke 6:38
"Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap unfailing love. Break up the unplowed ground for yourselves, for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers deliverance on you.   Hosea 10:12
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.   Malachi 3:10
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.   Galatians 6:7
And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”   Luke 8:4-18
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.   Psalm 126:6
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.   James 5:7
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing…    John 15:1-27  
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.   Jeremiah 17:8
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”   Matthew 13:31-32
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”   Matthew 9:37-38
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.   Genesis 1:11
secret