by Christopher Bompas
It is easy to get accustomed to a mentality based on scarcity and worry. We worry if our debit orders are going to go through, whether we will have enough cash to check out of the shops, if our transport money will last till the end of the month, and many other things.
Christ knows our needs. The simple words ‘give us our daily bread’ in the Lord’s Prayer lay out a pattern by which we should position ourselves in relation to God. When we place our dependence in God, we also open ourselves to receive and share his blessings.
So how can we open ourselves up to receive and share God’s provision?
Surrender to Jesus. Fear is such a dangerous emotion because it opens the door to greed, vanity and pride. Jesus offers us eternal peace in him (John 14:27). Does it mean that our problems are going to disappear overnight? Obviously not. What we will have instead is the spiritual reserves to push through them.
Avoid debt. While it is not a sin to borrow money, it is that much harder to serve Christ and service a debt (Romans 13:8) at the same time. Read this useful article on how to pay off your debts faster!
Sow seeds. The Father is our model for radical generosity. He held nothing back, not even his Son (John 3:16). Giving is essential to the spiritual principal of sowing and reaping. God always rewards the little faith that we show when we give unselfishly (2 Corinthians 9:10-15) in time, energy and finances.
Be patient. Unlike Debonairs, God’s provision doesn’t come with the promise “if it’s late, it’s free”. In fact, you can’t buy it, much less deserve it. Just as a farmer plants a field, blessings take time to reap a harvest. God’s timing is perfect. He knows exactly what we need and when (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Seek Christ first and what you need will be added unto you. Stay connected.