Abundance is everywhere. There is more than enough air, more than enough water, more than enough resources. God is not stingy. He has no lack. When He gives, He gives more than enough.
Consider, as one of many examples of God’s abundance, His grace. Christ brings an "abundance of grace." (I Corinthians 15:20) Grace, compared to our sin, “much more abounds.” (Romans 5:20) The capstone verse speaking to this abundance is II Corinthians 9:8:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Since God is a God of abundance, and we are made in His image, we can be a people of abundance — starting with how we think.
As you think, so are you.
Godly leaders must not have a “lack mentality.” When God created man, He gave him responsibility for the entire earth — every tree, every creeping thing, everything that had life. That’s abundance. There was no lack; zero. The godly leader can operate from a no lack, abundance thinking, paradigm. As he thinks abundantly, he will be (function) abundantly.
To do this, start any initiative with this idea: there is more than enough provision for my vision.
All things are yours.
- 1 Corinthians 3:21
The challenge before all leaders however is what appears as a scarcity of resources. The Bible provides answers that help us remove the limits of abundance and address the scarcity thinking that too often happens in the lives of leaders and followers. The solution is not only an increase of resources, but primarily in the removal of limits. Limiting behaviors are often greater than productive behavior. If one wants to run a 100 meter race, he must not only work on speed but also on endurance. He must also work on losing weight. These are limits to a successful race. He must work on developing the mindset of a champion.
Consider that in the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the only thing not given to man. It was God's, alone. The tree was the thing that connected man in obedience to God. It was the only "don't;" the only limitation. With God, there are infinitely more opportunities than there are restrictions.
Leaders must move from a "restriction/lack paradigm" to an “opportunity/abundance paradigm.” Eve went right to a restriction mindset when she observed what she did not have. She added more rules (we shall not "touch" it) because she was focused on one rule (restriction) rather than the infinite possibilities. She focused on lack, and thus received lack both spiritually and naturally. If she (and Adam) had maintained an abundance mentality, they would never have given in to the lie of Satan.
They were given dominion over every living thing. They were given abundance. Reflecting on abundance would have kept them in position to rule. And so it is true with you, godly leader. You have far more at your disposal than what you are lacking.
Think abundance. Because, God is “able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all that you can ask or think according to the power working in you.” (Ephesians 3:20) Since that is the case, no matter how big you think, it will never be too big.