What do you think of when you think about abundance? Often it is associated with wealth or material goods, but actually that’s a pretty narrow view of the word.
Google defines abundance as: A large amount of something.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
What do you think this verse really means?
In today’s post, we are continuing to look at things that keep us stuck, and specifically, we are looking at scarcity vs abundance. I think that John 10:10 really highlights this problem.
The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I think that the devil wants us to live in a place of scarcity. He wants us to be focused on our stuff and on ourselves.
Scarcity promotes things like greed, selfishness, hoarding, gluttony and isolation. Think about it, if we are worried that there won’t be enough of something, we don’t want to give it away, we want to hold on to it and make sure that no one else can get it away from us.
I think this can be seen in the areas of finances. If we are struggling financially, it is really hard to give freely. We are worried about how we are going to make ends meet. We are worried about how we are going to pay our bills and buy our groceries. In times like this, it’s easy to justify not giving any money away to ministry or charity because we don’t have enough for ourselves.
It can also be seen in the area of food. I think back to when I was a kid, and there was a bowl of chips in front of a bunch of us kids, we attacked it ferociously because we were so worried that we wouldn’t get our share if we didn’t take it right away. As a result, the chips were gone within a few minutes.
Do you see how having a mentality of scarcity keeps us stuck. It keeps us from opening our hands in generosity. It keeps us from taking steps of faith because of fear. It keeps our focus inward.
Jesus came that we might have life abundantly. I think abundantly refers to freedom, peace and joy here, more so than material goods or wealth. I believe that God will always provide for our physical needs, and sometimes this will be in abundance as well, but more so, He wants us to have the peace in our hearts because we trust Him to take care of our needs. He wants us to have the freedom to step out in faith and do what He is calling us to do because we trust that He is in control. He wants us to give freely so that we can experience the joy of being a cheerful giver.
Living in abundance starts with trust. Trust that our Lord loves us, desires the best for us, has a plan for us and will always take care of us. Living in abundance is about living in dependence on God rather then on ourselves. God owns everything and it is all at His disposal to do with as He wills. God is in complete control.
I know that I have definitely struggled with all of these things from time to time. Where are you at with this? Have you let worries about finances keep you in a job you don’t love? Have you let those same worries keep you from giving to others in need? Have you let worries of being hurt keep you from being vulnerable and opening yourself up to a new friendship? How has having a scarcity mentality kept you stuck at times? How can you begin to open up your hands and allow God’s abundance to set you free and live life more joyfully?
Here are some things that might help:
- Spend time in prayer asking God to show you what you might need to let go of and trust in Him to take care of.
- Practice giving more even when it feels like you don’t have enough to give.
- Consider doing a fast so that you can grow in your dependence and trust in Him.
- Be honest with yourself when you notice things like greed, selfishness, hoarding, gluttony and isolation pop up in your life. Ask for forgiveness and for help to change your behavior.
It’s hard for me to admit when I see those ugly things pop up in my life. I’d rather hide them so that no one else can see them. But, when I do that, they just grow larger. As hard as it is, it’s so much better to acknowledge it and ask for forgiveness and help to overcome it. And when I do, I’m so glad I did, because that’s when abundance moves in to my life. That’s when God fills me with joy because I know that I can trust and depend on Him. I hope and pray that you will experience this too!
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