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But I Want It….

Although we are created equal, most often, we are not fully satisfied nor are we fully convinced that we were not cheated from the beginning.  Because there are those people that seem to have “everything”, many folks find that they are coveting the freedom that wealth provides.  So, we have many that are trapped in their quest for material things.  It is not that “one” object will bring the sought-after joy, but it is the rooms full of things that gives the person their sense of worth. The tragedy with living that way is that there is a continual desire for just “one more something.”  After all, most often it is not possessions that provide fulfillment but the acquisition that makes the person feel wealthy.

As long as one’s passion is to obtain the things of this world, then that person’s spiritual depth will be shallow.  And if the same mentality persists, then that individual is verifying that the love of Jesus has never transformed them. Sadly, the same quest for things can be true in the lives of those that have very little and are poor.  They live as if poverty was a disease and the cure was to obtain everything possible. 

Some years ago at a gathering of missionaries, the speaker told of a missionary friend who was trying to reach a certain group of people in Mexico.

They had a difficult time because these villagers had what he phrased “a scarcity mentality.” The missionary said their belief affected their whole lives. For example, parents would only have one child because their belief was if we have two children our love would be split in half, 50% going to one child and 50% going to another child. Heaven forbid if you had 4 children, each child would only receive 25% of their parents’ love.

This scarcity view believed there is only so much of the pie, and the more people you had the smaller shares of the pie each would get.

As a result of this belief system, the missionary found it very difficult to reach this group for the gospel because this “scarcity view” created a mentality of greed among the people because there is only so much of the pie so I better focus on getting my portion otherwise I’ll be left out.

The missionary tried to teach these people about God’s way and he phrased it “the abundance mentality.” For example, God does not have a limited supply of love. God’s love is abundant, he pours it out on all his children. God’s love is not contingent on the number of children he has. (Copied).

It is very hard to convince a man that believes that he is a good man that he has needs of a Savior.  Many a good man will be in hell because his belief is not based on God’s mercies but on His opinion.  We have been reminded that, Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5).