Solomon, an entrepreneur of epic proportions (Ecclesiastes 2) and a man concerned about spiritual matters, penned five poignant observations about sowing and reaping — Principles that apply equally to business and the winning of the lost:
1. Get out there and sow the seed because in time you will reap the benefits of your efforts.
“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
2. Diversify your efforts on several fronts, as you do not know what misfortune lies ahead.
“Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what mischance may occur on the earth.” (Ecclesiastes 11:2)
3. Be forever at the sowing process as you do not know which of your efforts will pay off.
“Sow your seed in the morning, and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6)
4. Don’t wait for the perfect conditions before sowing or reaping as they may never exist.
“He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4)
5. Understand that God is behind the scenes sovereignly (though perhaps mysteriously) superintending everything.
“Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5)
So what are we waiting for? Let’s get out there and win the lost and make business!