The Lord has such a sense of humor. He knows that I prefer comfort to adventure, and that I do not like to set goals that require faith to accomplish. And yet, time and time again, He has placed me in positions that involve both adventure and faith. I keep reminding myself that God really does know what He is doing, but my initial knee jerk reaction is to shake my head and groan, “Oh no, not again!”
Because I am wired for realism (with some skepticism thrown in), I need to adjust my thinking often. I have found that few things are accomplished with a glass half empty mentality. To successfully fulfill what the Lord has asked, I need make sure I have an abundance mindset. The alternative—a scarcity mindset—is certainly more automatic for me, but it has never taken me anywhere but down.
Let’s take a look at these two mindsets.
A scarcity mindset keeps in view what people can do. People are limited, therefore, resources are limited. There’s only one pie, and we are all trying to get a piece of it. With only so much to go around, somebody will inevitably experience lack, and we don’t want it to be us! We might be afraid, doubting that there will be enough for ministry, so we hold tightly to what we have. In addition, if provision isn’t seen or known, it simply isn’t there. It’s up to us to figure things out.
In Genesis 17, The Lord God changed Abram’s name (meaning exalted father) to Abraham (father of many nations). God told Abraham that the promise of the covenant would be fulfilled through his barren wife, Sarah, and he laughed in disbelief. He and Sarah were already old, way past the age for having children. Besides Abraham already had a son, Ishmael, from another woman. It just made sense that Ishmael would live under the special blessing. The scarcity mindset could not fathom any other way. And yet, the Lord God had a divine surprise. He blessed Sarah with a baby boy when she was 90 years old.
An abundance mindset keeps in view what God can do. God is the One to provide for our work, so there is always enough. We may not be able to see it or know where it is, but it is there. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of surplus not lack. We have the privilege of participating in His provision, and to respond with generosity. Using the pie analogy again (My husband and I have a start up pie business so pie is on my mind), there are many pies to share with plenty more on the way.
Ephesians 3:20 NLT
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Our God is the God who is and has immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Think of the largest room you can loaded with money. Our God has access to more. It’s not just about money though. Think of what a healthy relationship with your parents or spouse could look like. Our God can restore in ways that are better and deeper than we can fathom. Think of the biggest problem you face. The Lord who is all knowing, all powerful, and all loving has the wisdom and solution you need. He also has incredible peace to surround you while waiting for an answer. We serve the God of More.
Even more amazing is that the God of More’s power is at work within us. So it’s not about what we can do. It’s about what God wants to do through us.
In what area of your life do you need more? Get a hold of an abundance mindset and see what the God of More will do.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.
Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the greatness of Your mighty power. May I see that You are the Lord of extravagant abundance, and that You have more than enough for my life and what You have called me to do. May I view Your call through a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity, and walk with You in complete trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen.