July 23, 2007 Ration

II Corinthians 9:6

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

We see this principle to be true in the exercising of our artistic disciplines. Little time behind our instrument produces little ability and little pleasure, but much quality time in the practice room produces greater mastery and greater pleasure. And while this principle is absolutely true with what can be seen (it is an image for us), it is even more true with what cannot be so easily seen. A sparing investment in a passing field will yield a measly harvest, but a generous sowing in an everlasting field will yield an abundance of everlasting pleasures!

So three questions I must ask myself as I daily spend (invest) my time and resources in the arts are: "What am I sowing?" And, “am I sowing as bountifully and generously as I can today?” And, “am I bountifully sowing in a field that can withstand the fires, hailstorms, and plagues that threaten the harvest?”

Do I sow my time and abilities in the fields of the praises of men? All flesh is as the grass and will be consumed in the fire. Do I sow my time and abilities in the fields of the pride in artistic freedom? Pride comes before the fall. Or do I sow my time and abilities in the fields that are kept by the truths of the Word of God? Heaven and earth will pass away, but Christ’s words will not pass away! That field in the Kingdom of God will produce an everlasting harvest where no cultural fad or artistic preference can deny me the pleasures from my toil in the Lord.

Now that I know which field to sow in, will I, from faith in God’s promises, be an aggressively generous and bountiful sower? Will I be like the widow, and in faith sow all that I have to live on and realize a bountiful harvest? Or will I just sow from what I decide that day that I can spare according to what my eyes of flesh are focused on? This verse says that I will reap sparingly.

Artists, God is our Giver, Sustainer, and the Defender of our lives! Trust Him when He says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and trust Him when He says, “store up for yourselves treasure in Heaven.” The point is this: “store” is an action verb. Ask God what “storing up” should look like for you in your artistic pursuits. Trust Him, the Giver of seed, as you generously and bountifully sow, and to the glory of the sufficiency of God, enjoy a bountiful harvest throughout all eternity!

Jason Harms

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