If you’re like me, you come from a Christian tradition that subconsciously promotes poverty versus abundance. For some, it’s a reaction to Name It, Claim It abusers of the faith movement; for others, a belief that God honors those who choose to be satisfied with less.
As with all personal beliefs, what I’m going to share is subject to change as I grow in the Lord. But hear me out anyway.
I grew up with Christians who did nothing but “wait on the Lord”. It was actually waiting FOR the Lord, which is entirely different. To wait ON is to actively and attentively serve another. To wait FOR is to remain idle until someone else acts first. One is active; the other, passive.
In MY experience, those who sit around waiting for God to move seem to accomplish very little. Granted, that’s like judging a pharmaceutical trial after 90 days of testing – you won’t know the pill increased susceptibility to cancer by 45% until 20 years from now. So I acknowledge that my observations are very time-limited. Ultimately, that’s why we should reserve judgment. There’s no way we can accurately judge the long-term fruit of a decision via short-term observation.
Some people recklessly pursue God with abandon and cause a lot of pain early on, but God honors their zeal and commitment and leads them to a mature and balanced faith. There are also some who piously wait for the Lord to move them into their callings who live for decades without visibly impacting a single soul. The point of this aside is to acknowledge that we don’t see or comprehend the inner workings of people’s hearts, and we frequently misjudge based on conventional wisdom.
Having said that, the stage I’m in is one of renewing my mind toward abundance.