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July 11, 2011 / joelmalm

Limitless: And I don’t mean the movie

In Economics 101 they taught me the principle of scarcity.  Basically, there’s only so much to go around and you can’t have everything.

It’s good to understand this principle, but I think it’s dangerous when you start living with it as your central framework.  I think it’s not a God-honoring mentality.

God regularly says stuff like this to his small-minded kids:

For every beast of the forest is mine,
 the cattle on a thousand hills.
 I know all the birds of the hills,
 and all that moves in the field is mine. 

I’m far from a name-it-claim-it-all-God’s-promises-are-yours preacher, but I am pretty convinced most of us live far below what God has in mind.  I think a lot of it comes from a scarcity mindset – we all hold on too tightly to the little stuff we have ’cause we think that’s all there is.

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. 

C.S. Lewis said that, so no one can refute it (to do so would basically be refuting the Bible in Christendom :)).   But I think he’s right.  We need to realize that in God’s economy there is plenty to go around.  We are connected to the source of it all and he owns it all. I’m not talking about money (though that’s all his too), I’m talking about everything.  There’s lots of recognition to go around, lots of blessings, lots of financial provision and lots of God-honoring success.  Rejoice with those who rejoice and don’t be jealous.  There’s lots more where that came from.  Most importantly – be generous.

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