Project S.O.W. is based on the Biblical concept of sowing and reaping. This basis is rooted in 2 Corinthians 9:6 that says, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
By participating in Project S.O.W., congregations are given the opportunity to take a small amount of money and invest it into projects that will reap an even greater amount on the church’s designated Harvest Day.
The idea is not to just “produce” but to truly experience the joy in reaping a harvest for the Lord.
“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will."
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
This Scripture reminds us of the abundant and joyful giving to the Lord’s work. The apostle Paul noted three significant characteristics of the saints in the Macedonian churches:
- They gave beyond their ability. (verse 3)
- They appealed/asked to be able to give to the need. (verse 4)
- And all of this was caused by the fact that “they gave themselves first.” (verse 5)
Finally, we must remember that Day when the Lord will hold us accountable for what we have done with what He’s given us on this earth.
“The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you have entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness!”
- Matthew 25:20-21
Project S.O.W. gives applicable and personal opportunities for the Lord’s people to live out the Truths in these Scriptures and therefore serve the Lord as faithful stewards in His calling.