June 17, 2009

Abundance or Scarcity: You Choose

Today, as in all generations, we’re taught the economic principle of the scarcity of needed resources. Rarely do we hear of Jesus’ more accurate principle of abundance for all our needs. In Jesus’ day, the economists were the Pharisees and those in political power. Each used their authority to control the masses by their own concepts of scarcity. We see this in the world today.

But in this passage – and throughout His earthly ministry – Jesus declares abundance! Abundance allows you to throw off the chains of those who would imprison you through the lie of scarcity. Believing Jesus and refusing to be subject to earthly rulers will result in true abundance.

Jesus reminded His disciples of this abundance when He broke five loaves to feed five thousand with twelve baskets full of pieces left over, and how He later broke seven loaves to feed four thousand with seven baskets of pieces remaining. Remember in Matthew 6:25-34Matthew 6:25-34
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25 Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? 27 “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one cubit to the measure of his life? 28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, 29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith? 31 “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.

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, Jesus taught that we needn’t worry about food or clothing. When we do, we imprison ourselves, turning His abundance to our own scarcity – and we make Jesus a liar.

The deeper meaning is that even though governments and oppressors can do their best to imprison us, Jesus wants us to know that He will provide for us abundantly. Though earthly authority may deprive us of food, we have abundance in Jesus Christ; though earthly authority may strip us naked, we are warmly clothed in Jesus Christ.

“Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:21Mark 8:21
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21 He asked them, “Don’t you understand, yet?”

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) Read Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl was not a Christian, but his experience in a German POW camp proves the point. I pray that we’re never tested in such a way, but by being prepared, we’ll never have to bow to men who would use economic scarcity to force us to do their will.