Our Greatest Need

Greatest NeedWhat is your greatest need in life? Think about it, If this question was asked about 10 or 20 years earlier, what might have been your response? What about after 10 or 20 years from now? Do you think you will have the same response? For many of us, the answer may be different at different stages in life. What if we can ask someone who knows our complete life? You see, We are God’s creation; God knows our greatest need in life and he is more than willing to fulfill the need. In this post, i would like to ponder upon this question of our greatest need in life.

Relationship with God:

A need is a lack of something. It prevents us to fulfill our purpose. Bible tells that we are created to have fellowship with God. Adam and Eve had wonderful relationship with God. But this relationship was broken when humans fell in to sin and rebelled against the purpose of God. This relationship with God which is our primary purpose became the greatest need in our life. Have you ever felt this void in life? We may be having all that we thought we need in life, but still can feel incomplete without being connected to God.

Thank God for he loved us so much. He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to restore our relationship with him. Jesus reconciled us to God and offered the way to fulfill our need. He gave the ultimate price to redeem and make us part of God’s family. To be reconciled with God, we need to be forgiven of our sins and restored. 

Forgiveness and Restoration:

Let’s look at few of the events which happened when Jesus was on earth (Luke 5). These events can tell us about our need, Jesus’ willingness to meet this need and how we can respond. It starts with a miracle healing of a paralyzed man and continued few encounters between Jesus and others. Jesus exposed this need to have relationship with God and showed compassion to restore us spiritually as well as physically.

Jesus was in a crowded home and there was no way for the paralyzed man to reach him. Friends of this man decided to get him into the house through the roof. What do you think was this man’s greatest need? This man had a real need of getting healed from sickness. But on seeing their faith, Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven“. You see, Jesus saw more than his physical need. He saw his need to be forgiven having more priority. Jesus restored him spiritually and then he also healed his physical sickness showing he has the authority over everything. God is compassionate towards us to restore us a whole.

Jesus pursued sinners and offered to meet this greatest need in life. He was compassionate and showed unconditional love towards sinners with a burden to restore them. Christ is willing to forgive sins; restore spiritual and physical state; lift the heavy burden of guilt and give us freedom. Are we willing to trust him and accept this freedom from sin? Are you willing to get your burden lifted? Think about this. If Jesus offers you forgiveness of all your sins and restoration, what will be your response?

Two kinds of response:

In the above events, there were two groups of people. People who were forgiven and restored by Jesus. Other group of people from a religious sect called pharisees watching all these marvelous things happen. The responses were different and so were their blessings. It will be beneficial for us to evaluate which group we belong. Lets start with the pharisees. They did not consider themselves sinners. Even when Jesus showed that forgiveness is the greatest need, they did not realize that they have this need. They were well convinced of their our own righteousness and good works. When Jesus forgave the sins of the paralyzed man, the pharisees could not digest what Jesus did and questioned about Christ’s authority.

Again, pharisees considered themselves more closer to God but in reality they were so far. They did not desire for fellowship with Jesus but complained that Jesus was spending time with sinners. Do you see any of these resemblance in you? We can make people believe that we are the most religious people and everyone else is a sinner. But you know your heart and God knows too. Jesus said, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Unless we come to the realization of our need, we cannot find the right cure.

On the other hand, people who were forgiven and healed realized that they were sinners and not worthy to be forgiven. They had faith on Jesus to meet their needs. They desired to have fellowship with Jesus and willing to follow him leaving their past behind. Isn’t it ironic to see how the religious people had theirs hearts hardened to God’s truth when it was so wonderfully revealed to the sinners. People can become so religious in traditions blinding their hearts to see God’s revelation. Real relationship with God is important rather than showing others that we are so religious.

What is your response?  Do you realize this greatest need in life? Do you trust in Jesus to forgive your sins and give freedom? Do you desire to have amazing personal relationship with God your creator? You see, God by his grace offers this relationship to both groups and to everyone. Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…”. Jesus Christ is more than willing to give you what you need, but are you ready to accept?

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3 thoughts on “Our Greatest Need

  1. Good to see you Posting again Peter we have missed you, yes as you shared many are blind to their greatest need, I was as an Atheist for almost 30 years after being deceived as a young Teenager that I came from an Ape and than being told that Jesus my Best Friend was just made up and so was the Bible but even some who say Lord, Lord and all the right religious jargon are dead in their sins and yes as you also said; they don’t even realize they are and that their living in darkness as we see confirmed below……

    Matthew 25: 41-45 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

    1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the Love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him? My little children, let us not Love in word, neither in tongue; but in Deed and in Truth.(KJV)

    1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith hebideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

    So what is our greatest need, what does God ask us to do after we claim we have had heart repentance which when we have shows we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior and because it is from our heart and genuine, as you wisely shared Peter, we will turn from evil and choose to do good by the empowering of The Holy Spirit, putting our Carnal flesh to death……….

    Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore Perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect.

    Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto Perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but Perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    1 John 4:6-8 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved let us Love one another for Love is of God and every one that Loveth is Born of God, and knoweth God. He that Loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love.(KJV)

    1 John 3:13-15 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we Love the brethren. He that Loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (KJV)

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

    • Thanks Anne, I am glad to be writing and being connected again. How are you? I will stop by and check your updates.
      Thank you for sharing your testimony and scriptures. Only God can transform our hearts of stone to flesh. I am thankful for His wondrous works in our lives.

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