We’ve got to take care of each other. Someone helped us this morning which enabled us to help someone else. That’s the way it goes. We’ve got to look out for one another.
When in trouble and things get tight, we have a tendency to do the opposite. We have a tendency to hoard. We’re afraid there may not be enough to go around. But does that sound like the Lord? The one who when He fed 5,000 people from virtually nothing had twelve baskets of food left over? Or when He told the disciples to throw the nets on the other side of the boat, they pulled up so many fish that they needed to bring in another boat, and the two boats almost sank under the weight of the catch? What does that sound like? Does that sound liked just getting by? That sounds like way more than enough.
Believe me, I’m only talking about truth here, not experience. I know nothing about this abundance thinking, because I’m a hoarder from way back. I live with what Henri Nouwen calls a scarcity reality. I look at everything from the standpoint of not having enough. And yet I follow a Lord who believes in abundance. What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty.
Not only that, it’s the kind of thinking that keeps me from being able give. If you think you give what’s left over, you will never be a giver because there will never be enough. Whatever is left over, you have to hoard for that time when you might run out. You don’t give what’s left over, you give because you know there will be more. You give because you believe. Scarcity thinkers are too full of fear to be able to give. Givers get caught up in the joy, so much so that they get greedy for this joy; they work harder and smarter so they will have more to give. They want to be like Jesus.
So during this pandemic, we need to cultivate the opposite of what is the natural tendency. We need to cultivate giving, not hoarding. Hoarding comes from fear and inaction; giving comes from faith and hard work because of the joy set before us.
This is the age of hoarding. We’re seeing it everywhere. It is the clear evidence that we are operating out of fear. For those who are following Christ and evidencing faith and compassion, we need to do just the opposite. Letting go, not holding on tight. Giving, not hoarding. Believing and full of faith, not fear.