If You’ve Got a Little, You’ve Got Enough

by Lester Young

Lack. It’s the way the whole world is run. It’s what every economy of the world is based on. And it’s how most minds in the world are geared. Think about it. The law of ‘supply and demand,’ for instance, states that the price of an item goes down if that item is in abundance; but the price increases if the supply begins to run short. In fact, the supply doesn’t really even have to run short: a simple word being leaked around that it might run short will usually do the trick. Don’t believe me? Just listen out for the next disagreement in the Middle East that some talking head in some think tank somewhere says could possibly affect the flow of oil out the Persian Gulf. Then run down to the nearest gas station and just sit there and watch the per-gallon price go up on the big sign out by the road. Shouldn’t take any more than about an hour out of your day.

That’s the way of the world. (Um, thank you; Earth, Wind & Fire.) Its measuring scale and mindset are both rooted in the concept of ‘lack’. And lack is rooted in the concept of ‘fear’. The fear of running out of something, or of not being able to get whatever is is you want or need. The fear of diminishing in some manner. And if you’ll take the time to trace it down to its core fundamentals, you’ll find that all fear – whether large or small – is in some way, shape or form, a fear of death (Hebrews 2:15). Because people aren’t afraid of heights – they’re afraid of dying from a long fall. People aren’t afraid of water (if they were they’d find something else to drink) – they’re afraid of drowning to death in it. People aren’t afraid of lions – they’re afraid of being made a meal of, and dying.

Lack, therefore, can correctly be considered as “death in progress.” It diminishes and diminishes and diminishes you and/or your circumstances until, finally, you perish completely (Deuteronomy 28:48). And while we’re at it, sickness – all sickness – can be looked at in the very same light (Deuteronomy 28:59-61). The system the world is built on and uses daily is lack-based – and therefore fear-based – and therefore death-based. Scripture even goes so far as to equate ‘carnal (that is, natural, human, fleshly) thinking’ with death (Romans 8:6).

Conversely, Heaven’s operation is based completely on ‘abundance’. God’s way of doing things does not factor in the concept of lack. Take Jesus, for example, when He fed those huge multitudes on two separate occasions (Mark 6:35-44, 8:1-9). He didn’t even bother to address the fact that there was only enough food on hand to make two or three decent fish sandwiches (and we don’t know if there was any tartar sauce at all!). He paid absolutely no attention to what they didn’t have, focusing instead on what they did have. In actuality, He used the basic principle that God’s entire Kingdom is based on to meet the need they faced (Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:13): the process of “seed-time and harvest,” also known as sowing and reaping.

Just before each of those community feedings took place, note that the Lord asked His disciples the same thing: “What do you have on hand?” (Mark 6:38, 8:5) Isn’t it an amazing coincidence (if you believe in those) that the prophet Elisha, when confronted with a similar ‘shortage’ situation, asked a woman in need the very same question? (2 Kings 4:2) And when they got the answers, neither of them frowned up his face or wrung his hands over the fact that there just wasn’t enough to go very far. No, they both barreled straight ahead and put what was available into immediate use.

When things get tight, our ‘natural’ tendency – that is, the world’s way – is to hold back on whatever it is that’s scarce so it can stretch farther or last longer without running out. But Jesus didn’t do that at all; it wasn’t His ‘mindset.’ He wasn’t interested in trying to stretch anything so that everyone could get a taste. He knew that’s not Heaven’s way: because God doesn’t ‘stretch’ stuff – He multiplies it (Genesis 22:17; Hebrews 6:14). Our Father does not operate from a mindset of ‘lack’ – He’s a God of blessing and abundance (Genesis 1:28; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Romans 8:32; Philippians 4:19; 1 Timothy 6:17).

‘Multiplication’ is Heaven’s M.O. But, if you remember your basic math, nothing times nothing equals nothing. In other words, you’ve got to give God something to work with – something to multiply – even though it may be in extremely short supply. If you bring it to the Lord Jesus in faith, God is fully able to give it back to you in overwhelming abundance (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).

We’ve all got something that we can give, and it doesn’t always have to be money. Go to the Lord and ask Him what He wants you to give, and to whom. And if you’ve actually got absolutely nothing, ask Him to give you something to give – to prime the pump, as it were. He’ll be happy to do that too, because God gives seed to those who desire to sow (2 Corinthians 9:10).

In short, move over to Heaven’s Way of doing things. Start where you are. It doesn’t have to be big. If you give with a heart to bless and with faith toward God, it’ll be more than enough for Him to work with (Psalm 122:6; Matthew 6:33). You know how small a mustard seed kernel is? That’s all you need to get the ball rolling! (Luke 17:6).

When Jesus notices how you give, things change. Do you really think that poor widow who gave the two mites actually stayed poor?? (Mark 12:41-44)

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2 Comments to “If You’ve Got a Little, You’ve Got Enough”

  1. No, I don’t thinks she stayed poor – I like to think of her, giving her all – He knew her heart and there is great comfort in know He knows our hearts. As always, thank-you. You are a careful and diligent teacher and much appreciated.

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