Five truths about need.
We are created with needs. The obvious ones are food, air, water, shelter, and clothing. An infant needs and demands all of these. Someone who is 70, like me, also has similar needs. Sadly, my list of wants can get in the way of right thinking.
Wrong Thinking About Needs Invites Disaster.
We want more than that. Often, our wants become our idols and they destroy us. God gave Adam and Eve EVERYTHING except one thing. All their needs were met. God was generous and gave man everything he needed for food. Man wanted and took what he did not need, and it destroyed him. But God met that desperate need as well by providing a way for restoration.
Genesis 2:15-17 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” But they disobeyed. They wanted what they wanted.
Jesus brought hope to those who failed to love God. Mark 2:17 “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Also Matthew 9:12.)
Self-sufficiency is Dangerous
We can get to a state where we think we are self-sufficient and have no needs. That is ludicrous.
Revelation 3:17 “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”
Our Crucial Need is One We Cannot Fill
We cannot escape from our most basic need, a relationship with God, if we neglect his salvation.
Hebrews 2:1-4 “Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
Furthermore, God knows what we need and provides: Matthew 6:32 “For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”
When Our Greatest Need is Satisfied, We Are Generous
When we accept God’s provision, and recognize him as the owner, we are satisfied and become generous. The book of Proverbs says much about wealth and generosity.
Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” Proverbs 30:8 “Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 31:9 “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:20 “She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”
Romans 12:13 “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
They love others and provide for their needs. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:13-15
Five Minute Friday
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.