6 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”
17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.
19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. Exodus 16:16-20
We have a culture that says, "Take more. Do more. Be more."
I've seen this same culture on some church staffs - church staffs operating as if what they contribute to the organization is the most important. If I was honest, I've also contributed to this culture.
When we operate as insecure leaders, we believe in the lie of scarcity - scarcity of volunteers, resources or ministry opportunities. When another ministry gets the accolades for a job well done, how does that sit with you? Do you celebrate with a joyful heart, or do you harbor resentment?
The enemy wants nothing more than for us as leaders to believe in scarcity in ministry just like the Israelites did with the manna. They disobeyed God and took more than their portion. Then, their portion turned smelly and maggot-ridden.
That's what happens when we compete with other ministries and churches. Our efforts become tainted by competition and ulterior motives. And while the people we're reaching may not be on to us, our co-workers are. That recipe doesn't make for a very healthy staff team.
What lie of scarcity do you believe in your ministry that you need to believe that God will provide?