Meeting Intrinsic Needs

serving-handsOne of the greatest intrinsic needs of people is to be needed. This is why Lana is more excited to serve with us than she is to receive from us. It is why when I asked a homeless man in our community what he needs, he told me, “My greatest need is to be needed.”

In John 10:10, Jesus states, “I have come to give you life and life to the full.” I believe a key component of life to the full is meeting the needs of others – regardless of what we do or do not have. In fact, Paul states that we are to keep our spiritual excitement serving God – Romans 12:11. This leads me to the conclusion that one of the best ways to disciple others is to lead them to serve others out of their spiritual gifts. Service is a dynamic classroom for spiritual growth.


4 Responses

  1. So true! If only the church in America would recognize that what you say is what should be normative for those who claim to be part of God’s Kingdom. Service to others, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is a far greater testimony to what God’s Kingdom is about than the typical Sunday morning worship service that Christians dutifully attend.

  2. I agree on all points. Especially that we greatly under play the annointing of the Holy Spirit to empower our gifts in acts of service to others. As I recently taught at New Life Christian Church, Jesus is leading us to lives of service empowered by His Spirit – not the religiosity of church services. However, that last statement doesn’t undo the essential of regularly gathering with other Christ followers.

  3. Ron,

    What do you you mean by the announting of the Holy Spirit?

  4. Great question:

    By annointing, I mean the presence of the Spirit of God in our lives to empower us to make a spiritual impact in other people’s lives.

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