Reading Through The New Testament In 2016. Day 170. Ephesians 3
Let’s call today’s reflection: From Scarcity To Abundance
We just finished up a series on Ephesians at church. You can listen to all the messages at canyoncreek.ca
I fell in love with this book. Paul has a theology abundance. He has a view of God that is LARGE, full of grace, always including more and more people, and from that theology Paul was full of God.
Brene Brown talks about the mindset of scarcity that most of us live with. She says we often start our days waking up thinking:
I didn’t get enough sleep last night.
The we move on to:
There’s not enough time to get everything done today.
I’m tired and don’t have enough energy.
I’m tired of always being tired. How about you?
Paul doesn’t speak of scarcity in his life. Rather in chapter three he says things like:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
For Paul, God gives more than we could ever imagine. Not scarcity, but abundance.
He also says this:
“to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
This verse has been on my heart as our church enters a new year this September. It’s actually been the driving picture I have of the church I want to see.
People that know this love — which leads them to the fullness of all that God has to offer.
Imagine a place like that. A people that know that there is more love than we can every imagine and become full with all the fullness of God.
So, I’m changing my mindset. I’m not giving into thoughts of scarcity anymore!
When I wake up tomorrow morning I want to pray: GOD, you have given me all I need to live this day in your fullness. You’ve given me more love than I every could ask or imagine.
Want to try this with me and see what happens? Let’s move from thoughts of scarcity to thoughts of God’s abundance!