Lamentations 3:25–33, Matthew 13:3–9

For there to be a harvest, there needs to be seed and sower. ’s is both and abundant. All too often, however, we treat ’s as scarce. There is a concept ed the “scarcity mentality.” This mentality is one that views things as a zero-sum game, and that there must be winners and losers, and supply is limited.

Sadly, in many human , there is a scarcity of , , belief, value, acceptance. Our human shape how we relate to . So, when our human-to-human are skewed, our relationship with is, too.

The problem is how that affects our ability to be the laborers in the fields of the Kingdom.

The sower parable is interesting in that it represents (to some degree). The sower isn’t sticking to a row of surety, but casting seed all over the place! What a mess! What a waste! What abandon! al knows that much of the seed will not “bear fruit.” does it anyways.

We, however, often sow in scarcity or in nice, neat, controlled, little rows, stingily putting down seed, calculating the best yield for our efforts. The issue isn’t the yield, but the that sowed. We think we are being wise in our resources, however, one of the greatest risks is that our stinginess reflects our view of .

1)What is your view of ’s and ness? Does that view match your ?

2) How do you see a scarcity or generosity mindset in ?

3) How can you encourage the generosity mindset in ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.