“Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” ~ Matthew 15:33
by Patrice Tsague
Do you believe there are enough opportunities and resources to go around? Do you fear that the success of your competitor will limit your success?
I am always amazed at the fact that even the most mature Christian operates based on the mindset of scarcity. Scarcity is a belief that there is insufficient supply of resources and opportunities to go around, while abundance is the belief that there is enough. Some believe that the pie gets bigger based on our faith, creativity and innovation while others believe that the pie is restricted to the size that we can see before us, so we must all hurry up and get our share before it runs out. What do you believe?
In Matthew 15, Jesus has just finished healing the multitude. Recognizing that they are hungry, He called on His disciples to find food for them to eat. His disciples are surprised by His request because they are in the wilderness and do not see provision anywhere in sight. Jesus asks, “How many loaves do you have?” They respond, “Seven, and a few little fish.” Notice that they had something but did not think it was enough. Jesus commands the multitude to sit down on the ground. He takes the bread, blesses it, and feeds over four thousand people, including men, women and children, with seven baskets of food left over. This story is found in various versions throughout the Gospels.
Jesus never saw a limitation of resources no matter the circumstances. Rather, He trusted the full provision of God the Father in every situation, while the disciples operated based on what they could see and did not tap into God’s abundant provision. What is the difference between an abundance mindset and a scarcity mindset?
Abundance mindset Scarcity mindset
Trust God’s ability to provide Trust in your own ability
Walk by faith Walk by sight
Hopeful and optimistic Full of fear and doubt
Share and give Hoard
Walk in contentment Never satisfied
Steward mentality Ownership mentality
Complete others Competitive
Exemplify fruit of the Spirit Exemplify works of the flesh
Where do you fall? How do you react to feeling squeezed by the daily demands of life upon the resources you steward? Abundant thinking is not easy because the news media and our friends and family remind us daily of what we do not have and what we need. We are constantly comparing ourselves with our neighbors, which at times makes us feel even worse about what we think we do not have. However, the benefits of the abundance mindset is that we walk in peace, God-fidence, gratefulness and are able to be a blessing to others. Take whatever resources you feel may be limited and begin to bless and thank God for them. Ask Him to open your eyes to see the abundance so you may walk in His complete provision for your life and business.
Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.
Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.
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