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Our Primary Need

 Our Primary Need

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

I can look around and see the needs of many people - so many needs, that it can be overwhelming when I compare their needs with my own abilities; or more accurately, my inabilities to meet them.  Nonetheless, I am compelled to attempt to help as much as I can.  My first priority is to point those in need to the One who actually can help, and desires to meet their every need - Jesus.

I think it is very important for us as Christians to understand the true primary need of those we interact with.  Yes, it's true that we must be willing to meet their physical needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing; but nothing should ever be of greater importance, or priority than meeting their primary need of seeking God in all things.

In the Book of Acts we see the disciples Paul and Barnabas being sent out to preach the Gospel message and to pray for the needs of people - and preach and pray they did!

Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles. And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse and stone them, they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region. And they were preaching the gospel there. Acts 14:3-7 (NKJV)

So Paul and Barnabas preached the Word boldly and pointed everyone they met to Christ who had died for their sin, and in whose blood redemption could be found.  But we also see in the next few verses, they met their physical needs as well as they prayed for healing.

And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" And he leaped and walked. Acts 14:8-10 (NKJV)

Once the people witnessed this great miracle of God, they began to raise their voices in praise of Paul and Barnabas for the healing.  They spoke in Lycaonian, and gave Paul and Barnabas new pagan god names.  They then began to prepare a sacrificial offering to them as they shouted, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"

Paul and Barnabas soon realized what these people were saying - that it was they who were being praised and worshiped for what God had done.  They wanted nothing to do with this and they immediately tore their clothes in disgust and began to rebuke the crowd for their blasphemy and pagan worship.

...and saying, "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them." Acts 14:15 (NKJV)

Paul and Barnabas were set on meeting the primary needs of those they ministered to; they shared the Gospel message and gave God all the glory for every good work done through them.  

We can learn a great deal from these scriptures, in that we too, must meet the primary need of those we are attempting to help that primary need is pointing them to God.  And if God chooses to use us to help others with their physical needs or even a healing, then we must sincerely divert all glory to the One who truly heals and provides - Jesus.

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to look around and see the needs of those around you.  Ask God to empower you to meet these needs in whatever capacity He chooses.  Pray for them always.  Pray over them when possible.   And be willing to share your testimony of what Jesus has done and is doing in your life - the grace and forgiveness, and the joy and peace as a result.   And always give God the glory for every good work where you receive the praise (John 15:5).

STUDY QUESTION: Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by Grace, through faith, which is a gift from God.  According to Romans 10:17, where does this faith to believe come from?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share the Word of God with others so that they might hear and receive faith?

APPLICATION: Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and to allow you to be bold and share with others.

Father, thank You for Your Word, and thank You for the faith to believe.  Help me to be bold today in sharing Your Word with others.  Would You give me the exact words to speak and the heart to help others find their primary need?  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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