Roger Carswell draws 7 truths from Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 in the last chapter of his book, “And Some Evangelists” about sowing the gospel in order to reap.

They’re good because they are so commonsense.

1. Sow expecting to reap.

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The Sower – Vincent Van Gogh

Cast your bread upon the waters,
for you will find it after many days. (Eccl. 11:1)

2. Sow generously.

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“Celery seed” by Howcheng – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

Give a serving to seven, and also to eight. (Eccl. 11:2)

3. Sow while there is opportunity. 


For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.
If the clouds are full of rain,
They empty themselves upon the earth. (Eccl. 11:2, 3)

4. Sow where you are.

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Photo by Choko

If a tree falls to the south or the north, 
In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. (Eccl. 11:3)

5. Sow despite the difficulties.

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He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap. (Eccl. 11:4)

6. Sow, trusting God to do his unseen work.

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As you do not know what is the way of the wind,
Or how the bone grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes all things. (Eccl. 11:5)

7. Sow at all times.

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In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good. (Eccl.11:6)

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