Tuesday, January 13, 2009

“I Never Have What I Need”

When was the last time you were in the middle of a problem or a project and in frustration you said to yourself, “I never have what I need.” Have you ever thought about the fact that you really “Never” have what you need. I am not being negative or pessimistic here, it is just a simple fact. Seriously, there is never a time in your life when you have what you need. Why is that? It is because if you had what you needed you would no longer be in need of it, thus you never have what you need because what you have you are never in need of.

Secondly, have you ever thought about the fact that you “always” have what someone else needs, and that someone else “always” has what you need! This principle is what makes business and commerce work. I have what you need and you have what I need thus we make a trade.

I believe God has designed the body of Christ (His church) to live by this same principle. We see it demonstrated in the early church, “And all who believed were united and together they had everything in common. They sold their possessions and distributed the price among all according as any had need.” Acts 2:44-45 Amp. We are to use what we have to bless others, and they are to use what they have to bless us. Though our money is certainly included, it is not just material things the Lord would have us share. It might be giving wisdom to a struggling couple on how to have a sustainable marriage. It might be giving encouraging words to someone going through a difficult season. It could be giving of our time or labor doing things for someone who isn’t able to do for themselves. It might be sharing friendship with someone who’s alone or sharing Jesus with someone who does not yet know Him. When we share what we have to meet someone else’s need, we bless, encourage and build them up, thus fulfilling the only law true believers live under, the law of love. “Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:2

Science teaches us that within every ecosystem on the planet all living being are dependent upon other living beings within their environment for survival. God has designed us in the same manner. You always have what someone else needs, so look into your hands, look into your heart, look into your soul, what do you have that you will allow God to use to meet someone else’s need? And as for you, you may never have what you need, but cry out to Jesus for He always has what you need and is waiting to pour His favor upon you!

“Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt. 22:37-39

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