11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:11-13
As we mature in our spiritual walk, we learn the valuable lesson: we can't live to meet all our "needs" and live to serve Christ at the same time. We place so many things in the “needs” category that we really don't need for life. We have a tendency to place those things that we "must have in order to be happy” in the same category as needs. Those things may be sweet blessings from God, but they are not necessary for life.
The problem enters when we start naming our must haves as needs - I need to be respected, for example, or I need to have a husband who is walking with Christ. I need to be successful, I need a new job, I need some time to myself, or I need to have a family. When we name it as a need, we begin to demand it or expect it, and eventually we end up evaluating the love of God based on whether or not He fulfills our "needs."
The reality is we already have everything we need if we are believers in Christ. We have been given the free gift of salvation. We have been given spiritual gifts to carry out the work of the Kingdom, we have been give the steadfast love of our Father, and we have been given a book full of promises that He will work all things out for the good of those who love Him. What more do we need than that?
When we stop focusing on all those things we once believed we must have, we are free to truly focus on the work of God's kingdom. It is then that we truly believe He gives us everything we need to face every situation He's placed in front of us, and we trust that He is actively committed to giving us everything we need. When grace causes our hearts to rest in these truths, we are no longer slaves to our needs, but rather free to give ourselves to the worship and service of God.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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