The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10
Hey everyone I hope you’re having an awesome week. Halloween is over and we’re coming up on one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving =). Where we celebrate all of the people and things we are thankful for… and eat an abundance of food. So today I want to ask the question, do you live with a scarcity mindset or an abundance mindset?
God is a God of abundance, not scarcity. The bible says, “For ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof,'” He owns it all and is always able to create more. In one of my favorite verses in the bible, Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Of course you could argue that Jesus is referring to eternal life in heaven that we receive when we believe on Him. But I believe it applies to our life here on earth as well.
God wants us to have a life of abundance, but I believe a life abundance starts with our way of thinking. Many people live with a mindset of scarcity. You see, a scarcity mindset hoards up what is has for fear that they will run out if they share. An abundance mindset realizes that there is plenty to go around and anticipates that more will come their way, so they are willing to share. They are willing to reach out and have compassion when they see a need because they believe there is always more to be found or created.
Christian author and speaker John Maxwell says, “if you live with a scarcity mindset you will get exactly what you expect… scarcity. Guaranteed.” “No one experiences abundance while anticipating scarcity.”
We can find this truth in Jesus’s teaching as well (see the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30) In this parable Jesus tells of a master who had three servants. He gave one servant five talents (or pieces of money), another servant two talents and the third he gave one talent. The servants who were given five and two talents used them to double what they had and their master was pleased with them, they had an abundance mindset. The servant who was given one talent went and buried his in the ground for fear that he would lose it, he had a scarcity mindset. When the master came back he was disgusted with him, and he took the single talent he had and gave it to the servant who had 10 talents. “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29.
No one experiences abundance while they anticipate scarcity. They don’t anticipate abundance so they don’t sow the seeds of abundance and ultimately never reap abundance. On the other hand, those who anticipate abundance sow the seeds of abundance and they reap what they have sown.
So how do we apply this in a practical way? Well, you just have to choose every day to have a mindset of abundance. In other words, believe big. Even if you have to start small, believe big. If thoughts of scarcity try to limit you, you have to reject them. If you anticipate scarcity, you will set the bar low for yourself in whatever it is that you do; your career or business, your finances, relationships, your ministry, your passion, your impact on the world around you.
God is a God of abundance, and He wants His children to live life abundantly.
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