Think and Talk Abundance
Abundance is wherever you can see and say it!
Think and talk abundance; that’s an important lesson from Jesus actions in today’s reading.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. ~ John 6
Jesus already had in mind what He was going to do. The solution existed in His mind before it became the experience of the multitudes around Him. What’s in your mind is more important than what’s going on outside. The battles of life are won or lost in the realm of your mind.
Never allow yourself think or talk in negative terms about your situation and future.
Jesus ‘had in mind’ what He was going to do. He was solution-oriented. He thought in terms of solutions and possibilities. He saw things, not as they were, but as He could make them.
Also, notice that He did not consult anyone before He made up His mind on what He was going to do. He did not consult the financial situation of the ministry either. He simply ‘consulted’ His faith and understanding of the capabilities of the God within Him.
God never promised to operate in accordance with your finances, but rather in accordance to your faith. Let your faith decide your thoughts and your decisions, and your finances will respond accordingly.
Jesus did not have a ‘lack mentality’. He had an ‘abundance mentality’. He had a ‘possibility mentality’. We need to cultivate an anything-is-possible mentality.
See possibilities. The issue is not necessarily a matter of whether or not you can achieve it, but that of whether God can. After all, what Jesus had in mind to do was to thank the Father and expect Him to honour His step of faith.
We can do the same.
In fact, let’s do the same!
There were 4 important things that Jesus did with ‘what was at hand,’ and we must imitate Him.
#1 Don’t despise the little you have
First, He did not despise it. Andrew did – he dismissed it with a “… but how far will they go among so many?”; and this is how many people despise and dismiss the little that they have. Don’t do that.
Jesus welcomed that little boy and accepted those little gifts that eventually fed thousands of hungry men, women, and children.
The little you have today, if you do not despise it, will eventually go beyond anything you could ever have imagined or dreamt of.
#2 Thank God for it
Jesus lifted up those little gifts in His hands, looked up towards heaven, and gave thanks for them. They were little – and in Andrew’s mind, insignificant – but Jesus was thankful nevertheless.
Thank God for the motivation to seek Him.
Thank God for those that are in your life who bring encouragement and inspiration.
Thank God for the relationships that offer hope and possibilities.
Thank God for the ‘little’ abilities and talents that you have.
Thank God for the little resources that you see today.
It may be little; but you can be thankful.
#3 Celebrate it too
Others may not see the value in what you have. No problems; just don’t see as they see. See differently. See value in what you have and in who you are. Believe in yourself. Believe in your abilities. Believe in your projects and your programs. Believe in your capacity to make valuable contributions to the lives of others.
Even if others mock what you have and sneer at it, lift it up and celebrate it. You are who you say you are. The value others place on you, and on yours, are decided by you, not by them.
So, celebrate what you have today.
#4 Step out with it
At the end of the day, Jesus and His disciples took the little that they had and went out before the multitudes. It may have looked ridiculous, but it was a step in the right direction; it was the step of faith that triggers the power of God.
God is pleased when we step out with the little that He has given us.
Step out with what you now have. Make that phone call. Make that visit. Deposit that money. Pay that advance. Write that first chapter. Write that letter. Just do it. Don’t wait for perfect conditions.
If you can do the above 4 things with the ‘little at hand’ in your life, you will experience the miracle of multiplication.
Take the little you have today, and make it grand.