THE SCARCITY CYCLE STARTS IN THE MIND NOT IN THE WALLET.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat? ” “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” Mark 6:34-38
SCARCITY ASKS, “WHAT CAN I AFFORD?” ABUNDANCE ASKS, “WHAT DO I HAVE?”
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 ESV
1) GOD MULTIPLIES WHAT IS BLESSED.
They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food… Mark 6:40-41 NASB
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10
2) GOD MULTIPLIES WHAT IS GIVEN AWAY.
…[Jesus] gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. Matthew 14:19 NIV
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33
Talk It Over
1. What’s an area in your life where you’ve noticed some selfishness?
2. Share a time when you’ve seen God bless someone’s generosity. What are you willing to do to see more of that in your life?
3. What is one way you can live more open-handed this week?