Law of Increase- Seeds Grow

by Wes Bridel on March 2, 2009

in Stewardship

As we steward in each area of life, an amazing thing happens. The law of increase kicks in. The skill and discipline with which we manage each area multiplies the benefits we see in that area. Jesus taught often about this principle.

What blooms from a seed?

What blooms from a seed?

Scripture speaks about Sowing and Reaping (Gal 6:7-10, James 3:18). When a seed is sown into the ground, it takes some time for it to grow and become a tree. It takes even more time to become fruitful. But when it bears good fruit, it will produce more of its own kind and multiply. This produces many new seeds of the same kind which can then start this process of increase and duplication anew. A tree can become a forest; a seed can become a field of crop. But each grows of its own kind. Thus the Bible tells us that we will reap of what we sow.

Jesus gives the example of the mustard seed, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32 NIV)

He came and died on a cross leaving a few men to inherit His Holy Spirit. From these humble beginnings, this mustard seed of the Kingdom began and has been advancing ever since throughout the world. In this country, the Kingdom reality is growing quickly. We don’t really notice the growth in the number of Believers because people have grown tired of religion and are leaving the Church at a pace similar to those coming in. But the number of believers who are stepping into the Kingdom life is growing rapidly in this country.

In other countries, the growth is more easily seen. The number of believers is booming across the globe as revival breaks out in countries that have governments very hostile to the gospel and is quickly approaching the foretold time where every nation and tribe will have heard the good news. All this started with the small mustard seed of Jesus!

This same law of increase happens within us. When we first receive our faith, it is a very small thing inside of us. Outwardly, we do not appear changed. Yet inwardly, He begins to change us. We can decide not to steward our faith properly and fight the growth that He calls us to. If so, we will look no different from those who have not received that seed. But if we water it, and provide lots of sunshine (steward), we will be transformed. This is the power of the Kingdom and the law of increase.

This same principle applies to every other sphere of life including financial. As we are diligent with the small amounts that we have, growth seems small at first but then becomes phenomenal as long as we stay faithful with the little things God gives us to manage and continually seek Him for direction.

The mystery and knowledge of the Kingdom is best of all our possessions. It is imperative for us as disciples of Jesus Christ to seek this and apply wise and faithful stewardship. It is a seed that starts off very small, but as we steward this treasure, it is capable of being the most powerful force in the world…all held inside you. Always focus first and foremost on stewarding His Kingdom reality within you.

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John Phipps 05.10.09 at 4:40 pm

I agree, as stewards of the gospel believers should desire to “sow the seeds” of the kingdom. However, stewardship goes beyond the aspect of handling the Gospel, faith or finance. Stewardship is first relationship and worship before it is a responsibility of management.

Wes Bridel 05.11.09 at 11:41 am

Thanks for your input John. We speak alot about stewardship here, and this post is not meant to define all of stewardship, but is instead one of many on the subject. You are correct, the core of stewardship is how we live our lives as sons of God. Here’s a post that goes back to the beginning on the subject…. http://www.kingdomcallingadvisors.com/2009/02/23/stewardship-for-his-plan/

I don’t know if we were trying to capture every possible intellectual meaning of the word stewardship (this blog over time will perhaps approach that), but the post that would maybe be the closest to a definition would be http://www.kingdomcallingadvisors.com/2009/02/27/what-does-stewardship-entail/

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