We can live from abundance or we can live from scarcity. Living from a poverty mentality we imagine scarcity even in favourable circumstances and are often jealous of the good fortune of others. This partly explains why the religious can be annoyed at the freedom and joy of those for whom Christ alone is life. The latter live in the riches of their inheritance and the former in the imagined poverty.
Living from the scarcity is prudent if things are scarce and we are actually poor. Living from a genuine scarcity may pave the way to future wealth and ease. Or it may not. A poverty mentality perpetuates poverty through small mindedness, lack of vision and dread of risk. A poverty mentality and a morbid conservativism can go together. Conservatives are afraid the future will steal what they have in the present. But why live from a peasant mentality when you are actually a prince?
When we live from sin consciousness we are living a peasant mentality when we really have an abundant life. Or we are living a frog when we are a prince. Living from the law and sin-consciousness go together. Here we are focussed on survival when we are the inheritors of life. Paul referred to this as living slave when we are free. This is the difference between the children of the slave woman and the free woman. The children of slavery possess freedom and life. But have not embraced it and do not own it even if it is theirs. They remain workers, peasants and slaves in their minds even though they are potentially kings. They really are kings but are living frogs.
Living tied to the law is living in scarcity when we have abundance. This is the slave-woman mind-set.
Sons of the free woman have possessed and utilised their inheritance of grace and infinite life. They live out their union with God into their circumstances. The slave woman's sons are potential sons. The free woman's sons are sons of God in spirit and in truth. They live from life and multiply life. No poverty mentality here!
If you have been shopping with a relatively well-off person who lives from scarcity, you will know how irritating this experience can be. Cheaper is not usually better because in most instances you get what you pay for. Living from abundance because you can brings freedom, joy and with it personal largess and with it the multiplication of well being and wealth. It is not holy to think poor or be poor. Living from scarcity shrivels the soul. Living from the abundance of our inheritance in Christ is prudent and life-multiplying. This is not prosperity doctrine and not necessarily materialism. It is fullness of life.
We need not sap life from others in order to pursue well-being. We have an infinite life in Christ. In Him we live in abundance spiritually and possess the mind-set to increase in wealth and to accumulate the means to more than survive in the economy. We can flourish in the entirety of our being and be whole. Wholeness come from Christ our life. He is all-encompassing and fills the entire universe with His presence. And you are in Him.
‘Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise. These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother’ Gal 4.21-26 NIV.