Titus 3:14 (NLT) Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
We all have basic human needs to feel loved, accepted and worthwhile. When these needs go unmet, it’s very important that we express them to our family members and fellow believers in a positive way and allow others to minister to those needs. I sincerely believe that one basis for temptation is unmet legitimate needs. When you are too proud to say, “I don’t feel loved.” or when you push others away by saying, “You don’t love me anymore,” your need for love goes unmet. So Satan comes along with a tempting alternative: “Your wife doesn’t love you like you deserve. But have you noticed the affectionate gleam in your secretary’s eye?” ( I don’t know who I am talking to today but keep reading).
Other than Himself, God’s primary resource for meeting your needs and keeping you pure is other people of God called believers. The problem is that many go to Sunday school, church and Bible study wearing a sanctimonious mask. Wanting to appear strong and together, they rob themselves of the opportunity of having their needs met in the warmth and safety of the Christian community. In the process, they rob the community of the opportunity to minister to their needs. By denying the fellowship of believers the privilege of meeting your legitimate needs, you are acting independently of God. You are vulnerable to the temptation of thinking that you can have your needs met in the world, the flesh and the devil.
Instead, follow the guidance of (Hebrews 10:24, 25): “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”
Point to ponder- I have noticed in today’s times people go to church today to have their needs met, never ever thinking of meeting the needs of their sister or brother. I believe wrong Church and Ministry motivation is when we treat it in a cafeteria style (picking and choosing what you want only, and not thinking of those you are connected to). When I go to church or find myself in a situation of Ministry I am open to function as recipient or giver of God’s blessings.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the humility to confess my needs and hurts to my Christian family in order to allow You to meet my needs in Your way, not the way I want it, In Jesus name, Amen!
For His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.