Now may He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
Paul uses dozens of metaphors throughout 2 Corinthians. In the above passage, he compares stewardship to farming. In trying to encourage the Corinthian church to give generously to their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem, he instructs the church to view its resources as a farmer views sowing seed. A good farmer liberally sows seed, trying to ensure a good fall harvest. The more he sows, the more he reaps. You can’t harvest what you haven’t planted.
Some leaders, like the Corinthians, find it hard to invest resources because they seem so deficient-feeling their commodities are about to run out. Good leaders see the same resources as sufficient seed to be sown-knowing the harvest will come and more will be created. We must guard against poverty; we should give our life because it is plentiful.