How do we see the world? Is it from a place of abundance or a place of lack? When we have a mindset of lack we believe that everything is limited. However, when we have an abundance mindset, we believe there’s plenty for everyone.
Lack leads us to live in fear and self-preservation. Everything is limited. Love. Money. Time. We make fear-based decisions. We are afraid of missing out. We are afraid of not having enough. We see other peoples gifts and think that is for them and there is non for us. This is a poor man’s mentality. A socialist thinks in terms of limited resources.
A mentality of abundance leads us to believe there is plenty of prosperity to go around. We are optimistic about the future because we are expecting more. We tend to think things will work out even if there are challenges along the way. We plan and make decisions based on the big picture rather than a single snapshot in time. The Biblical principles of capitalism cause us to think in terms of abundance.
Abundance is part of Jesus nature. He had to feed the 5000 and guess what? The loaves and fishes were not divided up in to 5000 small portions. Instead it was multiplied. There were baskets of food left over. I believe we must be totally convinced that God is an abundant provider—not just sometimes when he is in a good mood but as a part of his nature he provides “more than enough.” It is how he does things.
Can you imagine standing there when Jesus turned the water into wine? The scripture says in the book of John that six stone water jars used for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons, were filled to the brim. Filled to the brim? According to my calculation that would be between 120 and 160 gallons of wine. We don’t know how many guests were at the wedding, but that is a lot of wine.
Financial prosperity depends on casting aside this mentality of lack and embracing an abundance mindset instead. A mentality of lack causes us to consciously or unconsciously be more concerned with what might go wrong than with what could go right. Sometimes Christians focus on what God hasn’t done…don’t focus on this. It should be fuel for prayer. Nourish your soul on what he has done. Focus on this and expect more.