I suppose I shouldn’t be, but I am surprised at how many Christians operate more out of fear than of faith. It is often reflected in a “glass-half-empty” approach to life, or a scarcity mentality.
“I can’t give to God. I barely have enough money to pay my bills. . . . We can’t upgrade our church facility. There’s not enough money to do extra projects. . . . We can’t start a new program. There’s not enough people to staff it. . . . I can’t go on a short-term ministry trip. I don’t have enough vacation time. . . . I can’t change this habit. I don’t have enough energy to make a change like that.”
While we say we believe that nothing is too hard for God, we live as if God and his power is limited. And the limit usually falls just short of what we need. While we say we believe that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, we live as if “all things” comes with an exception clause that rules out our need. While we claim to believe that God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who will provide, we live as if our needs are beyond the scope of his ability.
I believe that we need to follow the instructions of Dr. R. Kent Hughes who often taught that we need to believe what we believe. If “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37), then we need to trust God to do great things in our lives. If God is Jehovah Jireh (Genesis 22:14), then we can pray with confidence that he can and will provide for our needs. If God’s grace is sufficient, and his power is best shown in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), then we can have confidence we have all that we need and are not lacking in anything important.
Rather than a scarcity mentality, we need to approach life with an abundance mentality. According to Ephesians 3:20, God’s power is not limited by our needs . . . our problems . . . our trials . . . our requests . . . or even our imagination.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” (Ephesians 3:20, NASB)
We need to believe what we believe. We need to live as if these things were true.