Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What Are Your Needs?

How’s life going for you these days?  Do you have enough food? Clothes?  Do you feel well?  Are you struggling to make ends meet?  There are necessities in life we all have worried about at one point in time or another in our life, but Jesus makes it clear that His followers ought not worry about such things:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. (Matthew 6:25a)

Why?  It’s because we don’t really “need” those things.  Jesus and others fasted from food for months and lived.  (Matthew 4)  God told Isaiah to go naked for 3 years as a sign. (Isaiah 20:2-6)  Paul had to live with a thorn in the flesh rather than be healed/delivered from it. (1 Corinthians 12:7)  And when Jesus needed money, He just got it out of a fish’s mouth.  (Matthew 17:27)

The point is that none of these are necessities of life.  Jesus goes on to say, “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25b)

There is only one thing in this life that we can’t live without, and His name is Jesus.  When you feel like you're lacking the necessities in life, don’t ask for food, clothes, finances, or even healing; ask for more of Jesus.  Seek His face first in all things.  He is the answer to all these other issues anyway.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34)


youth pastor said...

Thanks for the reminder about not worrying...My family's in the middle of a stressful situation, my nine year old having cancer. However, we have seen God's hand and work and know that ultimately He holds Noah in His hands.

stephen porter said...

We'll be praying for your family and your son, Bryan. God is good, in every circumstance, God is good.


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