11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; the same also with the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they had eaten enough, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces so that nothing will be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and they filled twelve large baskets with pieces from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
The disciples were in a panic, the crowd was huge, and the people were hungry. They did not have food to feed them, and neither did they have enough money to send for food. All that was available was two fish and five loaves, a boy’s lunch.
That is how some of us live life. We look at what we have in our hands, and it seems little and insufficient and as a result, we panic and instead of having an open hand to share with others, we hold on tightly and develop a scarcity mindset.
Our focus should never be on our resources, the five loaves and two fish because after all what can we do with such a tiny lunch in the midst of a multitude? Our focus should instead be on the one who is more than enough. The one who promised to give us abundant life, the one who has riches in glory, that’s the one to look to.
Think about the boy who gave his lunch, where do you think his focus was? On his tiny 2 fish and five loaves? No, I don’t think so, no wonder he was willing to give them away without any struggle. I bet his focus was on Jesus, this man who was opening blind eyes and healing the sick. This man who was such a powerful communicator, a man oozing with God’s power. I bet the boy could not wait to see what Jesus would do with his five loaves and two fish, and Jesus did not disappoint. Not only did he multiply the food to feed over 5000 people, he ensured there was a massive left over collection.
Talk about more than enough.
An abundance mindset looks at God, who is our source and not the resources at hand. God is limitless, and all that we can see he created and put together. An abundance mindset understands that all belongs to God, and we are just but stewards of what God places under our care. Because God is the source, be well assured that where he sends, then he will provide more than enough for the assignment at hand.
Focus on HIM!
What is one item in your house that you have in abundance?
Do you find security in what you have, or in the God you serve and his ability to provide? How does this affect your perspective of life?
Do you believe that God wants you to have more than enough? How does this impact your giving?